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Artist: Ahmed Alsoudani
Title: Ahmed Alsoudani: Cut of Time
Essay: Raphael Rubinstein, Strange Beauty: The Drawings of Ahmed Alsoudani
Foreward: Adonis, Painting's Horizon, Meanings Expanse, translated by: Kareem James Abu-Zeid, PhD
Editors: Alexa Burzinski, Lukas Hall, Marissa Moxley, Sebastian Sarmiento, Nicole Sisti
Publisher: Marlborough Gallery, Inc.
Book Format: Hardcover, 7 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches, 99 pages, 37 color plates
Published on the occasion of Ahmed Alsoudani’s third solo show with Marlborough Gallery, Cut of Time explores the artist’s new series of works on paper of the same name, which borrows its title from a text by the French-Egyptian writer Edmond Jabès (1912-1991). The series of drawings in acrylic, pen, and ink offers a new, scaled down glimpse of the artist's oeuvre, having found himself working within the spatial constraints of a domestic space smaller than his usual studio accommodations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing, after all, has always formed the physical and emotional underpinning of Alsoudani's work, with primal explorations in graphite or charcoal on raw canvas providing the skeletal rebar for his chromatic symphonies.
The book, illustrated with 37 color plates, features a foreword by Adonis, entitled Painting's Horizon, Meaning's Expanse (with English translation by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, PhD), and a new essay by the American poet and art critic Raphael Rubinstein, entitled Strange Beauty: The Drawings of Ahmed Alsoudani.