Toba Khedoori (born 1964 in Australia) is an artist of Iraqi heritage, known primarily for highly detailed mixed-media paintings executed on large sheets of wax-coated paper.
Khedoori was born in Sydney of Jewish-Iraqi parentage and raised in Australia, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from UCLA in 1994. She is the identical twin sister of artist Rachel Khedoori.
Characteristically, Khedoori's works have comprised intricate details, models or architectural renderings set within the broad expanses of waxed paper or linen. This delicate combination frequently necessitates close viewing which results, then, in the works filling the spectator's entire field of vision. In recent years, Khedoori's works have introduced inversions of the more usual black detail on white expanse, incorporated natural imagery and landscape, and also taken the form of dramatically smaller-scale works than those hitherto produced. Her most recent output has also moved from wax-on-paper into oil and canvas, with subject matter drawing influence from geometric sequences.
Toba Khedoori is represented by Regen Projects, Los Angeles and David Zwirner, New York.
Khedoori began exhibiting in 1993, and was shown early in her career at the 1995 Whitney Biennial exhibition. Khedoori has since had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in the St. Louis Art Museum, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., among others. Khedoori's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work will be included in the 53rd International Venice Biennale, Venice 2009.
Khedoori was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship in 2002.
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