Toby Khedoori’s Takes First Survey of Work in 15 Years to Be Displayed at LACMA

Toba Khedoori, an Australian artist who has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1990, is the subject of a new exhibition at the LACMA, the first major museum presentation of her new paintings and the first showing of her work in 15 years. “Toba Khedoori” will be on view at the LACMA Sept. 25, 2016 – Mar. 19, 2017.

Khedoori is known for creating paintings that depict architectural forms from distant perspectives, giving familiar objects a decontextualized look. In recent years, she has switched from painting on paper to canvas, but her commitment to including intricate detail in her works has never wavered.

“Like her earlier compositions, these works are enigmatic and acutely detailed,” the LACMA catalog states. “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.”

Born in Sydney in 1964, Khedoori is of Iraqi descent and has an identical twin sister, Rachel, who is also an artist. Khedoori earned her M.F.A. from UCLA in 1994, one year after she began exhibiting her art. In 1995, her paintings were shown at the Whitney Biennial, an exhibition that happens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York every two years and is considered one of the leading shows in the art world. In the years since, Khedoori’s works have been displayed in Venice, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, Kheedori had her forth solo show in her adapted home at Regen Projects in Santa Monica. The exhibit featured stunning graphite drawings and oils done on canvas and linen. “What Khedoori’s works give up in size they get back in intensity, not to mention self-assuredness, maturity, pragmatism and generosity,” the Los Angeles Times said in their review.

Toba Khedoori” will be on view at the LACMA Sept. 25, 2016 – March 19, 2017.