Marcos Grigorian Untitled 1963

  • Not on view

This work is part of Grigorian's series Earthworks, a group of mostly square-format compositions connected to village life in Iran. Grigorian used natural materials including soil, sand, and mud—typical of adobe-like dwellings—to create textured surfaces. The painting's encrustations of matter create effects of light and shadow that offer a sculptural three-dimensionality. Grigorian organized the first national Tehran Biennial in 1958 after representing Iran in the 1956 Venice Biennale.

Gallery label from 2017.
Dried earth on canvas
33 1/2 x 31 7/8" (84.9 x 80.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alex J. Gray
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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