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Faculty Kamrooz Aram Opens Solo Show at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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Kamrooz Aram

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Green Art Gallery

31 March—17 June 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts, 2018, Panel: oil and pencil on linen; Pedestal: oil on mdf, brass, terrazzo; Ceramic, courtesy of Artist and Green Art Gallery, Dubai.

Green Art Gallery is pleased to announce Kamrooz Aram’s solo exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, as part of the Museum’s Focus series.

Spanning painting, sculpture, collage, and installation, Kamrooz Aram’s work investigates the complex relationship between Western modernism and classical non-Western art. By highlighting their formal connections, he reveals the typically downplayed role that non-Western art and design have played in the development of modernism and its drive towards abstraction. Challenging the traditionally Euro-centric narrative established by art history, Aram’s work sets forth to disrupt this perceived hierarchy by merging and equalizing Western and non-Western forms. The artist will present all new work for this exhibition.

About Kamrooz Aram

Kamrooz Aram was born in 1978 in Shiraz, Iran, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2003 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. He has shown internationally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium; Green Art Gallery, Dubai; The Suburban, Chicago; LA><ART, Los Angeles; and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. Aram’s work has been shown in many group exhibitions, including Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, 2014; the Busan Biennale, 2006; Greater New York, 2005; PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2005; and the Prague Biennale I, 2003. Public collections that include his work are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; and M+, Hong Kong. He was one of the 5 winners for the 2014 Abraaj Capital Art Prize and is nominated for the 2018 Jameel Prize.

About the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth

Designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is located in Fort Worth’s celebrated Cultural District, directly opposite the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. Ando’s design, which embodies the pure, unadorned elements of a modern work of art, is comprised of five long, flat-roofed pavilions situated on a 1.5 acre pond. The Modern is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post–World War II art in all media. The FOCUS series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for the Director’s Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. The series features three solo exhibitions annually, organized by Assistant Curator Alison Hearst.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Alserkal Programming, The Mohammed Afkhami Foundation and Sara Binladen Zahid.

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