Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to release a new publication on Nairy Baghramian, Side Leaps, to coincide with the artist's first solo exhibition at Galerie and Librairie Marian Goodman Paris, in June 2021. This new volume features numerous illustrations released exclusively from the artist's archives, as well as a panoramic essay on Baghramian's sculptural practice by art historian and curator Miwon Kwon, and a new conversation between the artist, Marian Goodman and Philipp Kaiser, Chief Executive Director of Artists & Programs at the gallery.
Over the course of her career, Nairy Baghramian has produced in conjunction with her sculptures and installations a number of significant and peripheral sketches, drawings, and maquettes, known as the Side Leaps. While they conceptually underpin her large-scale sculptural works, the Side Leaps were never intended to be realized as sculptures. They exist instead as peripheral creations, allowing the artist to simultaneously establish a connection with and maintain a critical distance from the sculpture being created.
Published here for the first time in this volume, this utopian and playful body of work offers an intimate and invaluable insight into Nairy Baghramian's working process.