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Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / New York / Art

Discussing her artistic practice, the 96-year-old writer and artist Etel Adnan explains, “It seems to me I write what I see, paint what I am.” Born in Beirut, in 1925, to a Syrian father and a Greek mother, Adnon has lived in France, Lebanon, and the United States. While her essays analyze war and issues of social justice, her paintings read like distillations of faith. She uses a palette knife to place simple geometries on canvas, creating vibrant landscapes that sit between figuration and abstraction. In Untitled (2010), a circle of yellow floats above two horizontal stripes, one coral red, one pale blue—sun, land, water. Similar works, inspired by the view of Mount Tamalpais from Adnan’s home in Sausalito, California, are on view. —E.C.

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