Charles Hossein Zenderoudi

Four Directions of an Artist, 1964

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This work and The Golden Shower are among Zenderoudi’s largest calligraphic works in the NYU Art Collection. In each, he renders letters of the Persian alphabet as abstract forms cascading in multiple directions before a luminous field. By 1964, Zenderoudi was living and working in Paris. Although many of his works from the early 1960s included some form of text, calligraphy came to the fore as Zenderoudi moved away from the Shiite iconography characteristic of the Saqqakhaneh movement and chose calligraphic art as his signature style.

Medium Oil on linen
Dimensions 59 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Object ID G1975.123

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Collection Years: 1964