Bahman Mohassess

Head IV

1966

Artist
Bahman Mohassess 1931–2009
Medium
Gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 307 x 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2014
Reference
T13989

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Mohasses made this series of works in the late 1960s while he was living in Iran. These drawings are characteristic of his preoccupation with sculptural forms, organic shapes and human figures, elements he explored across a range of media. In each drawing a singular abstracted head, painted without any recognisable traits and only hints at facial features, emerges from a stark background. The heads resemble carved sculptures and merge characteristics of Western European traditions with elements from non-iconic Eastern and Asian cultures. After the Iranian Revolution Mohassess’ artworks were extensively censored by the Iranian state and most of his public sculptures were destroyed.

Gallery label, October 2016

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