Shahryar Nashat

Broken English

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December 14, 09:14 PM GMT


19,000 - 22,000 USD

Lot Details


Shahryar Nashat


Broken English

Executed in 2018

synthetic polymer, atomized acrylic, and fiberglass

15 ⅛ by 12 ¼ by 12 ⅛ in. (38.4 by 31.1 by 30.8 cm.)

Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Shahryar Nashat’s sculptures explore what it means to be a body at a moment when the technologies that filter experience encourage fragmentation and distance. Often altering a gallery’s architecture and lighting, Nashat allows his exhibitions to function as fully embodied meditations on desire, mortality, fragility, and resilience. Through spatial explorations that extend into the siting of his work, Nashat probes modes of access, regulation, and conditioning between an eye and the body it comprehends.

Solo exhibitions of Nashat’s work include those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the 54th Venice Biennale; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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