• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 114

    Rokni Haerizadeh (Iranian, b. 1978)

    Couples in a Pool and Flying Shadows

    Price Realised  

    Rokni Haerizadeh (Iranian, b. 1978)
    Couples in a Pool and Flying Shadows
    signed 'rokni haery' and signed and dated '1386' in Farsi (lower right)
    acrylic and metallic paint on canvas
    78½ x 78½in. (200 x 200cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    Drawing together diverse influences- the colours of Matisse, elements of Bacon and the kitsch of Hockney- and populated with motifs and characters from Sufi literature, Iranian mythology and historical and modern Persian poetry, Rokni Haerizadeh's works address the cultural and pyschological uncertainties of present-day Iran. Although censorship and relative isolation create boundaries, the widespread use of internet, deep-rooted traditions, strong education, international travel and networks together create a hybrid culture which permeates the society of Iranian youth, so eloquently expressed in Rokni's works.

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    Provenance

    Assar Gallery, Tehran