Bijan Dowlatshahi

Persian Number Game, 1969

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Exploring writing as a visual language in Persian Number Game, Dowlatshahi uses letterlike symbols to form boldly colored patterns across the painting’s surface. Born in Tehran, the artist trained under Parviz Tanavoli. Through a meeting with Abby Grey in Tehran, Dowlatshahi received a scholarship to the Minnesota College of Art and Design (MCAD), and he moved to Minneapolis in 1968. At MCAD, he was mentored by Siah Armajani; Persian Number Game reflects both Armajani’s text-based techniques and Dowlashati’s own father’s poetry and calligraphy.

Medium Oil and pencil on canvas
Dimensions 47 3/4 x 23 3/4 in.
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Object ID G1975.89

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Collection Years: 1969