• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 53

    Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937)

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    Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937)
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    'signed and dated 'Zenderoudi 70' (lower left) signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'HOSSEIN. ZENDEROUDI 1970 203 x 71 cm=80 x 28 INCH TITRE: ALEFXALEF' and signed in Farsi (on the reverse)
    pigments and acrylic on canvas
    80 x 28in. (203 x 70cm.)
    Painted in 1970


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    Zenderoudi's interest in lettrism developed further in the later 1960s and his focus turned turned towards the Persian letterform as the sole motif on his canvases. The other iconography from his Saqqakhaneh phase fell away -some to be later revisited- and the compositions consisted solely of indecipherable Persian words, superimposed on each other or in variety of scales, deliberately distorted and subverting the rules of callligraphy. Around the turn of the 1970s Zenderoudi's paintings entered a new phase, and compositions focussed on single letters or groups of letters repeated endlessly to create rhythmic patterns against a white field. The resulting works are markedly restrained compared to what had come earlier. Starkly beautiful, they form the the most minimal phase of Zenderoudi's oeuvre.

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