Sonia Balassanian

Sonia Balassanian - Imagine Otherwise

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Publisher's Synopsis

<b>Travel from the monasteries of rural Armenia to the exhibition halls of MoMA in the first comprehensive monograph of Iranian American artist Sonia Balassanian.</b><br><br>In this deeply personal portrait of Sonia Balassanian (b. 1942, Arak), an Iranian American artist of Armenian descent, author Dr. Omar Kholeif weaves together poetry, memoir, and historical anecdote to trace the contours of Balassanian’s world.<br><br>With a career spanning more than five decades, Balassanian is known for her multidisciplinary, politically charged practice that spans painting, poetry, photography, video, installation, performance, and drawing. At the heart of her corpus are colorful, large-scale, lyrically abstract paintings that she began in the 1960s. In the 1980s, after she had moved to New York, her work took a political turn following the Iranian Revolution. Balassanian drew newfound attention for <i>Hostages: A Diary</i> (1980), an installation of drawings that mapped the experience of following the Iran hostage crisis from the United States, and for <i>Cauterized Literature</i> (1987), a mixed-media series of burnt books mounted on canvas that comments on censorship in Iran. <br><br>Balassanian lives and works between New York and Armenia. This is the first comprehensive monograph of her art and life.<br><br>Published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with artPost21

Book information

ISBN: 9781915609076
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: Sternberg Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 709.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 153g
Height: 162mm
Width: 111mm
Spine width: 11mm