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Faces #10

Artist:
Y.Z. Kami (American, born Iran, Teheran 1956)
Date:
1992
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
22 x 14 in. (55.9 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Eugene and Estelle Ferkauf Foundation Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.328.1
Not on view
Since the 1980s, Y. Z. Kami (b. 1956) has focused on the human face. His expressionless portraits, in which the sitters often gaze directly at the viewer, have been compared to funerary portraits of the third to first century B.C. from El-Fayyum, Egypt. Because Kami’s subjects—simply called Faces—are numbered but not identified, the works evoke anonymous individuals rather than particular people.
Inscription: signed and dated (verso): KAMI/1992
[Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, until 1993; sold to MMA]

New York. Barbara Toll Fine Arts. "Y.Z. Kami," May–June 12, 1993, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Iranian Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection," March 6, 2012–September 3, 2012.

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