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Alighiero Boetti (Italian, 1940–1994)
LOT ID: 96743
Fortuna e Sfortuna, ie. circa 1994

Mixed Media, Embroidery on fabric
6.7 х 7.1 in. (17.02 x 18.03 cm.)
Signed, Accompanied by a signed and stamped Certificate of Authenticity from Archivio Alighiero Boetti.
Lot description
“Fortuna e Sfortuna” (1994) by celebrated Italian artist, Alighiero Boetti (Italian, 1940-1994) is a late example of the artist’s series of arrazi (tapestries) commonly referred to as word squares. This embroidered grid of 16 blocks reads from top to bottom “Fortuna e Sfortuna” in a mosaic of bright contrasting color. Boetti made a large body of these linguistic works between 1971-1994, sourcing skilled craftswomen from Afghanistan to create the embroideries based on the artist’s specifications.
Fortuna e Sfortuna by Alighiero Boetti
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