Y.Z. Kami (Iranian, born 1956)
Oil on canvas; H. 22 in. (55.9 cm), W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Purchase, The Eugene and Estelle Ferkauf Foundation Gift, 1993 (1993.328.1)
Since the 1980s, Y. Z. Kami 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.