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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 111

    Golnaz Fathi (Iranian, b. 1972)

    Secret of Wisdom

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    Golnaz Fathi (Iranian, b. 1972)
    Secret of Wisdom
    signed and dated 'Golnaz Fathi 2007' (lower right)
    acrylic on canvas
    Triptych each 17¾ x 70 7/8in. (45 x 180cm.); overall 53 1/8in. (135 x 180cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    Trained in classical calligraphy, the paintings of Golnaz Fathi are based on the Persian letterform, but the text is deliberately abstracted and indecipherable. It therefore becomes more a mode of visual expression rather than a literal transcription. In this work this pseudo-script is laid out like that in historical Persian treatises and scientific almanacs, strewn with diagrams and marginal commentaries.