From left to right  

Alighiero Boetti (b. 1940, Italy; d. 1994, Italy) 

Divine Astrazioni, 1987 
Embroidery on canvas 

Udire tra le parole (Nove quadrati), 1979 
Watercolor on handmade paper 


These two small works, one a watercolor and the second an embroidery on canvas, present the abstracted forms of European lettering across a checkerboard structure, creating concrete poems that are difficult to decipher. The embroidered work, titled Divine astrazioni is part of the Arazzi series which often mixed words from the artist’s native Italian with Persian, the language spoken by the Afghani women who embroidered these works for the artist.