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Etel Adnan

Lebanon (1925 )
ADNAN Etel Untitled (abstract With Red Square)

Sotheby's
Apr 30, 2019
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Extracted between 29 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Etel Adnan - Zikr

Etel Adnan - Zikr

Original 1995
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Lot number: 21
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Etel Adnan (Lebanon, born 1925) Zikr Accordion leporello book, mixed media on paper, 30 painted pages with hand print of the artist executed in 1995 each page 27 x 21 cm Footnotes Provenance: Property from a private collection, London "Adnan is one of the greatest artists of our time, and a great inspiration to many artists. For over sixty years – as a painter, poet and the maker of exquisite tapestries – Etel's work has been underpinned by an intense engagement with the world and with modern history. She is a voice for our times" – Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries Etel Adnan's "Zikr" is a delightful and inventive example of Adnan's masterful "book art" and its intriguing historical references. Adnan's hybrid fusion of text, drawing and sculpture, re-configures books, shaping them into autonomous art-objects encased by exquisite sculptural covers, a potent reminder of the creative ingenuity of centuries of Middle Eastern and Islamic illuminated manuscripts which sought to elevate the written word into an art-form. The repetition of the word "Allah" and the title of the work "Zikr" both point to Sufi practice, harking to the meditative practises favoured by the Sufis, for whom repetition whether oral or physical (as in the whirling Samma dance) engendered a sensual rapture that took them closer to the divine.
Etel Adnan - Untitled (abstract With Red Square)

Etel Adnan - Untitled (abstract With Red Square)

Original 1990
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Lot number: 22
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Etel Adnan LEBANESE I) UNTITLED (ABSTRACT WITH RED SQUARE) II)YELLOW, RED, BLUE AND GREEN III) EGYPTIANSYMBOL B. 1925 i) signedAdnan ii) signed Etel Adnan in Arabic iii) signed Etel Adnan in Arabic and titled i) ink and watercolour on paper ii)ink and watercolour on paper iii)ink on watercolour on paper i) 12.5 by 17.8cm.; 5 by 7in. ii) 16.2 by 12cm.; 6 1/4 by 4 3/4 in. iii) 16.5 by 12.5cm.; 6 1/2 by 4 7/8 in. i) Executed in the 1990s. ii) Executed in the 1960s. iii) Executed in 1962.
Etel Adnan - Journey To The East

Etel Adnan - Journey To The East

Original 1960
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Lot number: 106
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Etel Adnan JOURNEY TO THE EAST B. 1925 signed and titled in Arabic, titled and inscribed ink and pastelon paper 38.1 by 45.4 cm. 15 by 18 in. Executed circa 1960. Provenance A gift from the artist to the present owner Catalogue Note Delicate and luminous, their colours strikingly reminiscent of the light and colours of the California landscape, the present works are two rare paintings by Etel Adnan from the 1960s. At the time of their execution, the artist was living in the Bay Area, the colours and topography of which became firmly embedded in her mind, and eventually made their way into her work. Both Journey to the East and Untitled were lovingly given by Adnan to a close friend and classmate while she was teaching philosophy at San Rafael\’s Dominican College in California, attesting to the long standing relationship between the artist and the present owner. Adnan is renowned for her writing, both her political texts, such as Sitt Mare Rose from 1977 and her collections of poems such as Moonshots from 1966. Her experimental texts, full of vivid imagery are closely connected with her exquisite paintings, which are brimming with colour and energy. Mostly abstract, Adnan\’s canvasses can be seen as a translation of her own perception of reality. The present owner describes the artist as \“always thinking and absorbed. Analysing and watching. Busy with her thoughts and observations and political problems around the world. Any encounter with her was enlightening and touched me\”. It is this ability to synthesise the world around her into such refined interpretations that makes Adnan the fascinating artist that she is. In Untitled, dazzling orthogonal shapes in vibrant shades of emerald green are surrounded by vivid warm hues such as tangerine orange, a rich burgundy and pulsating yellows and pinks. The saturated colours have been generously dosed with a palette knife and are set in stark contrast against swathes of grey and white. The composition might remind the viewer of a landscape, and it is indeed in her surroundings where the artist has found her biggest and most exciting source of inspiration. In one of the many letters Adnan and her dear friend exchanged over the years the artist explained how \“America gave me the sense of nature\”, and it is the memory of her beloved companion looking through the large window in the living room of the apartment they shared in San Francisco that the owner most cherishes. The landscape in the Bay Area is the one that features most prominently in Adnan\’s works, particularly Mount Tamalpais on the outskirts of Sausalito where she moved to in the 1970s. Hans Ulrich Obrist has explained how for the artist \“Mount Tamalpais became my house. For Cézanne, Sainte-Victoire was no longer a mountain. It was an absolute. It was painting.\” (Hans Ulrich Obrist, Etel Adnan. Stories. Maharam, online). Indeed, one can imagine the outline of a mountain in Untitled and Journey to the East depicts a sailboat emerging from a colourful sea of bright blues, greens, oranges and yellows. As many other female artists before her, Adnan did not receive the institutional support she deserved until late on in her career. Her retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2016 and her recent exhibition of new work at SFMOMA have brought her work to international acclaim, highlighting her deep understanding of colour and her poetic use of line, to create delicate compositions such as Untitled and Journey to the East.
Etel Adnan - Untitled

Etel Adnan - Untitled

Original 2014
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Lot number: 121
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Etel Adnan UNTITLED B. 1925 signed on the reverse oil on canvas 35 by 45 cm. 13 3/4 by 17 3/4 in. Executed in 2014. Provenance Catalogue Note "For me, painting is colour. Shape has to be there, of course, because where the colour stops, it makes a shape. That\’s unavoidable. But the purpose of art-making, for me, is a certain hunger for colour. Once the colour comes out of the tube, it\’s at its most beautiful. So this love for color keeps me painting" (Etel Adnan in conversation with Emily Nathan, in: \‘Etel Adnan on Exhibiting With Gerhard Richter and the Politics of Landscape Painting\’, Artnet, 18 January 2017, online).
Etel Adnan - Untitled

Etel Adnan - Untitled

Original 2015
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Lot number: 255
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Description: ETEL ADNAN - Untitled; and Le prix que nous ne voulons pas payer pour l'amour (The Price We Do Not Want to Pay for Love), 2015 Dimensions: drawing 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (29.5 x 21 cm) portfolio 12 1/2 x 9 in. (31.8 x 22.9 cm) Medium: Drawing in pastel in colors, on wove paper, loose, with the soft cover bound book, all contained in the original light blue linen-covered portfolio.
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