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Shirana Shahbazi

Composition with Mountain, 2014

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6-color lithograph on gelatin silver baryta print.
22 3/8 x 18 1/8” (56 x 46 cm), printed by Steindruckerei Wolfensberger, Zürich
and Tricolor Photoprint, Zürich
Ed. 35 / XX, signed and numbered.

Colors in flight: abstract maneuvers above the tree line.


“Words never come easy to abstraction, and the juxtaposition of Shahbazi’s older and newer images makes the older ones look verbose by comparison: chattier and more accessible, anecdotal and extraordinary, as if they were trying too hard. The later work, by contrast, makes no effort to be forthcoming. Never explain, never complain.” Tirdad Zolghadr, Parkett 94, 2014


“The vividly colored works of Iranian born and Zurich based artist Shirana Shahbazi hover between abstraction and figuration, often drawing inspiration from the art-historical tradition of still life painting. Large geometric segments of color are often layered over a singular image, in this six-color lithograph, a crisp shot of a mountain. Juxtaposing translucent rainbow-hued shapes over the natural image Shahbazi creates a lively interplay between surface, depth and color.” -Artspace