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Nairy Baghramian: Sitzengebliebene (Stay Downers)

Jun 22, 2023-Sep 29, 2024
In June 2023, the Aspen Art Museum opened Jupon de Corps, a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971, Isfahan, Iran), recipient of the 2023 Aspen Award for Art. On the occasion of the exhibition, Baghramian developed a new suite of sculptures conceived for the museum’s outdoor commons.

Continuing the artist’s ongoing series titled Sitzengebliebene (Stay Downers), this group of sculptures—Booger, Lulatsch, and Muddlehead—exits the museum’s indoor spaces and mingles with the pedestrians. While not defined by figurative qualities, the sculptures nevertheless convey bodily attitudes and human characteristics through the relationship that their bulbous shapes establish with each other and the surrounding environment.

With their rounded, supple corners, Baghramian’s Stay Downers stand out against the backdrop of the museum’s gridded architecture. Extending the artist’s exhibition into a public commons, these sculptures become citizens, introducing a spirit of unexpected camaraderie with passersby.
Aspen Art Museum exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund.
General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund.
Additional support is provided by the Aspen Art Museum National Council. Additional support for Nairy Baghramian: Jupon de Corps is provided by the Aspen Art Museum National Council and Mary & Harold Zlot.
Nairy Baghramian: Jupon de Corps is curated by Nicola Lees, Nancy and Bob Magoon Director, and Stella Bottai, AAM Curator at Large.
Admission to the AAM is free courtesy of Amy and John Phelan.