T05017 Beating of her Wings IV 1987
Black and silver acrylic paint, pencil and collage on brown wrapping paper 379 × 576 (15 × 22 1/2)
Various inscriptions in Persian in various places and inscribed ‘Shirazeh Houshiary’ in pencil on back b.r.
Presented by the Weltkunst Foundation 1987
Exh: Shirazeh Houshiary: Breath, Lisson Gallery, Sept.–Oct. 1987 (no number)
In T05017 the artist has depicted a vertically positioned, silver two-winged form located near the corner of a room. A predominantly black wing, with an inner edge of silver, is curled behind it. As in ‘Beating of her Wings II’ (T05015), ‘III’ (T05016) and ‘Study for “Distance is Lit by Round Wings”’, 1987 (repr. Shirazeh Houshiary, exh. cat., Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva 1988, p.22), the artist has collaged a pencil drawing next to the main part of the image. The drawing is of two elliptical discs joined together but opening like a shell. The discs are reminiscent of two sculptures made in 1987, ‘The Angel of Thought’, and ‘Dark Angel’ (repr. Geneva exh. cat., 1988, pp.11, 44). Compared with the positioning of the discs in these sculptures, the discs here seem to be depicted on their side, giving the impression that they are floating…