• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 101

    Farhad Moshiri (Iranian, b. 1963)

    54751 from the Numbers Series

    Price Realised  


    Farhad Moshiri (Iranian, b. 1963)
    54751 from the Numbers Series
    signed, dated and titled 'Farhad Moshiri 2006 57451' and signed, dated and titled in Farsi (on reverse)
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    73¼ x 66 1/8in. (186 x 168cm.)
    Executed in 2006

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    Huge Persian numerals spread across the canvas, superimposed on each other forming complex irregular patterns, form the basis of Farhad Moshiri's Numbers series. They reflect his fascination with the use of Arabic Abjad, a symbolic language of numbers and signs which contain magical meaning. Manuscripts and talismanic garments from Iran and the Ottoman lands were covered with Abjad, confering blessings and protection to the wearer. Moshiri's canvases resemble tiny sections of these, magnified to great size as if viewed through a microscope. The same flaked paint technique is used as in his Jars series, conferring on to these works an sense of antiquity at odds with the strong pop feel conferred by the graphic execution of the numerals.

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