• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 16

    Gholamhossein Nami (Iranian, b. 1936)

    The Song of the Signs

    Price Realised  


    Gholamhossein Nami (Iranian, b. 1936)
    The Song of the Signs
    signed and dated 'Gh.Nami 77' (lower left); signed and dated again 'Gh-Nami 1977' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    65 x 53in. (165 x 135cm.)
    Painted in 1977

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    "While producing white three-dimensional works of art during the 1960s and then 1970s inspired by inscriptions and old gravestones in Iranian villages, I started creating works using Persian calligraphy. I believe that aesthetic values of Persian calligraphy, which can be employed in producing works of art, include the abstract expression of two elements: rhythm and motion. Mere obsession with the appearance of letters and words makes the work dependent upon literal meaning of the words and devoid of any creative, fantastic visualization. Therefore, I have tried to use hints of motion and rhythm of Persian or Arabic calligraphy in nimble, spontaneous moves on canvas to reincarnate familiar signs and calligraphic forms which can be part of the cultural identity and history of my land." Gholamhossein Nami

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