Toba Khedoori, “Untitled (Branches 1),” 2011-12, oil on linen, 31 3/4 x 41 3/8 in. Private Collection

A powerful and nuanced body of work by internationally acclaimed draftswoman Toba Khedoori is being shown at the Pérez Art Museum Miami this summer. Whether large or small in scale, these incredible drawings are sure to make a big impact on you.

A major survey of Toba Khedoori’s oeuvre over the past 22 years is currently underway at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) through September 24. Opening on April 21, the exhibition presents nearly 30 works, including the artist’s most recent oil paintings alongside her well-known large-scale works on paper.

Khedoori’s reputation precedes her, as collectors and institutions have for years been captivated by the artist’s detailed drawings, “often depicting architectural elements or objects detached from their surroundings,” as the museum reports. The current exhibition is nearly comprehensive, exploring the artist’s formative drawings through her current creative musings in oil. However, the presentation of the works begins with Khedoori’s recent body of work before moving back in time. “Such reverse chronology highlights the long development of her work,” the museum adds, “from an intimate scale to a much larger scale than she began with.”

Toba Khedoori, “Untitled (Mountains 2),” 2011-12, oil on linen, 27 1/2 x 40 7/8 in., Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation
Toba Khedoori, “Untitled (Mountains 2),” 2011-12, oil on linen, 27 1/2 x 40 7/8 in., Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation

PAMM director and exhibition curator Franklin Sirmans suggests, “Toba’s work continually reminds us of the power in the hands of an artist to create with simple means — graphite or paint and a surface to be inscribed upon. The exhibition hopefully slows down time, pace, and the museumgoing experience, and encourages a passion for thoughtful and sustained look.”

The museum continues, “Khedoori’s precise draftsmanship and large-scale works on paper, for which she has become known, render objects and spaces familiar yet decontextualized. In recent years, she has transitioned from paper to canvas, producing smaller scale works that hover between representation and abstraction. Like her earlier compositions, these works are enigmatic and acutely detailed. In an art world awash with rapidly moving images and saturated colors, Khedoori remains committed to the silent, slow, and exacting process of working by hand.”

To learn more, visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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