Pouran Jinchi is an Iranian-born, New York artist who borrows from her home culture’s traditions of literature and calligraphy to pursue her own aesthetic investigations. Early Poetry paintings are both abstract and literal presentations of poems. Texts are morphed beyond recognition into flowing, anthropomorphic shapes. Having been trained in calligraphy, she finds the relation between words and forms, natural or non-objective, deeply intertwined. In Jinchi’s recent work, viewers will appreciate her increasingly detailed focus on the form of language as subject matter.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently acquired Noon 1 (2012), a major work on paper that was first exhibited in Pouran Jinchi’s 2012 solo exhibition at Art Projects International in New York. Her work is also represented in major collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi.
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