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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 75

    Farsad Laabauf (Iranian, b. 1965)

    Joseph Contemplated

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    Farsad Laabauf (Iranian, b. 1965)
    Joseph Contemplated
    signed and dated 'LaBAAUF 2007' and signed and dated in Farsi (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    55 1/3 x 43½in. (142 x 112cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    Laabauf creates images that exist halfway between completion and dissolution. He conveys the idea of unity regardless of content. Even though at first glance the subjects in his work seem isolated from their surroundings, upon closer inspection it is revealed that all areas of each painting are connected together by the underlying solid colour of the background. The segmentation of both colour and content is at once rejected by this shared geography.
    Inspired in part by Persian calligraphy and also by weaving patterns of carpets, and geometric tile work, these paintings are thus connected to his cultural heritage.

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