Siah Armajani, Tomb for Alfred Whitehead, 2013
Polymer gravure on Magnani Litho paper, 310 gsm
74 x 57 cm (29 x 22½ in)
Edition of 40
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
This limited edition was published in 2013 to accompany Siah Armajani’s first major UK survey exhibition at Parasol unit, London, Siah Armajani: An Ingenious World, 18 September – 15 December 2013. The exhibition traced the artist’s oeuvre from his early works on paper, made in Iran during the late 1950s, to his later works including the Alfred Whitehead Reading Room—commissioned for the outdoor space of the foundation. Throughout his career, Armajani has found inspiration in the works of Western philosophers and writers such as Theodor Adorno, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Alfred Whitehead, among others. This limited edition represents a design sketch for a tomb for British mathematician and philosopher Alfred Whitehead. The artist began by making a beautiful and intricate drawing on graph paper. The sketch was then hand printed as a polymer gravure to retain the highly detailed and tonal elements of the original drawing, as well as the graph paper background, as a way of bearing reference to the architectural context of Siah Armajani’s work.