Toba Khedoori

Texts by Aruna D'souza, Ann Goldstein, Brenda Shaughnessy, Franklin Sirmans, and Lucas Zwirner

This book documents the artistic development of Toba Khedoori, a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient who skillfully combines precise draftsmanship with a meditative quality, and who manages to invite viewers inside her works, despite their two-dimensionality. Whether drawing on sheets of paper primed with wax and stapled directly onto the wall or using canvas as physical support, Khedoori creates delicate compositions that are at once intimate and expansive. Over the past decade, she has shifted toward smaller-scale works while continuing to engage elements of drawing, painting, and installation.


Publisher: Prestel/Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Artists: Toba Khedoori

Contributors: Aruna D'souza, Ann Goldstein, Brenda Shaughnessy, Franklin Sirmans, Lucas Zwirner

Designer: Lorraine Wild

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 11 x 11 in (27.9 x 27.9 cm)

Pages: 144

Reproductions: 75 color

ISBN: 9783791355597

Retail: $49.95 | £35

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Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori’s works depict objects and everyday environments divorced from any background. Whether drawing and painting onto thin sheets of paper and stapling these directly onto the wall, or using canvas as physical support, her delicately shaded, often large-scale compositions are poised between ephemerality and monumentality. Doors and windows, chairs and stairs, fences and bricks, train compartments and fireplaces appear at once familiar and unrecognizable, and their “neither-here-nor-there” presence seems to become a space for meditation. All Toba Khedoori books

Aruna D'souza

Aruna D’Souza is a writer and critic.

Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein is a curator and former Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is a poet and assistant professor of English at Rutgers University.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Prior to his appointment he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until 2015.

Lucas Zwirner

Lucas Zwirner is Senior Director, Sales, and Vice President, Business Development, at David Zwirner. In addition to establishing the ekphrasis series, short texts on visual culture, and spearheading the award-winning podcast Dialogues, Lucas also helps lead select digital initiatives, including Platform, a standalone company founded in 2021. He is also a writer and translator, whose work has appeared in The Drift, The Paris Review, and An Elias Canetti Reader, edited by Joshua Cohen and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied comparative literature and philosophy.

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