• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 133 A

    Golnaz Fathi (Iranian, b. 1972)

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    Golnaz Fathi (Iranian, b. 1972)
    Unwritten
    signed, dated and inscribed 'GOLNAZ FATHI 2005 TEHRAN' (along the lower edge of both panels)
    acrylic on canvas; diptych
    each panel: 59½ x 54 1/8in. (151 x 137.5 cm.); overall: 59½ x 108¼in, (151 x 275 cm.)
    Painted in 2005 (2)


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    Golnaz Fathi is a trained calligrapher, and her works combine this together with elements of graphic design, painting and autobiography. Fathi has created an imaginary language deeply rooted in Persian tradition, while she insists on not following the rules of traditional calligraphy. The words first strike the viewer as readable, but on closer inspection are indecipherable, expressing through abstract means what words cannot.

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