Shirin Neshat Acquisitions at the Broad

Shirin Neshat, untitled from the "Women of Allah" series, 1995. The Broad. (c) Shirin Neshat

The Broad is showing four Shirin Neshat photographs acquired last year. At top is an early (1995) work made in Iran and inspired by 19th-century studio photography. 

Three other photographs are 2013 digital ink prints with microcalligraphic poetry. 

Shirin Neshat, Ahmed from the "Our House Is On Fire" series,  2013. The Broad. (c) Shirin Neshat


The microcalligraphy is very cool.
In most parts of the world, calligraphic art holds the place of greatest importance.
It's been an essential part of western art for ages. Giotto's art, for example, is lousy with it.
Per Wiki...
Pseudo-Kufic, or Kufesque, also sometimes Pseudo-Arabic, is a style of decoration used during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, consisting of imitations of the Arabic Kufic script, or sometimes Arabic cursive script, made in a non-Arabic context: "Imitations of Arabic in European art are often described as pseudo-Kufic, borrowing the term for an Arabic script that emphasizes straight and angular strokes, and is most commonly used in Islamic architectural decoration". Pseudo-Kufic appears especially often in Renaissance art in depictions of people from the Holy Land, particularly the Virgin Mary. It is an example of Islamic influences on Western art.