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THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)

THE LETTER ‘KAF’
Ali Omar Ermes (Libya, active London, born 1945)
Libya, Lybian, 1991

Prints; screenprints
Screenprint on paper
Plate: 32 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (82.55 x 62.87 cm); Sheet: 41 3/8 x 31 5/8 in. (105.09 x 80.33 cm)
Gift of Irène Momtaz and Shahbaz Afridi in memory of Mozaffar and Farokh Momtaz (M.2006.131)
Islamic Art
Not currently on public view


CURATOR NOTES
Writing in Arabic is not only a consistent and powerful theme in classical Islamic art but it also resonates with contemporary artists as both an art form and an expression of their cultural or religious identity. In his work, Ermes focuses on a single letter, here a kaf (K). The bold, black letter dramatically offset against the light paper recalls the black inscriptions on a white ground that characterize tenth-century Islamic ceramic wares.
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Watercolour and gold on paper
635 x 615 mm
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