Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Contemporary Eastern Calligraphy

Calligraphy as art has a long, beautiful history on the other side of this planet. To us, that word usually means wedding invitations or business cards and not much more. But over there . . .
A little research on the web will open your eyes to a whole different appreciation of Eastern calligraphy.

This untitled work by Reza Mafi (Iranian, 1943-1982), sold for $134,500 at Christies international modern and contemporary art October 30, 2008 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Browse through the catalogue and get the art flavor of another part of the world and you'll also see how importantly calligraphy figures into things. Christies Lot Note is tremendously concise and informative and for me, inspiring. And what I found surprising was the prices for works by artists we've never heard of. It rather puts things into perspective.
You can see other wonderful and different works my Reza Mafi at AskArt.

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