Iraqi-American painter Ahmed Alsoudani is known for his vibrant, large-scale fragmented compositions that combine charcoal drawing with acrylic paint to articulate the artist’s compelling vocabulary of violence and its repercussions. Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted—the artist’s first major museum show that focused on twenty-one paintings created since 2010.
Alsoudani has led a tumultuous life. After to a youth act of defiance, he fled Baghdad in 1995 and lived as a refugee in Syria before being granted asylum in the United States. He has pursued a prestigious education at the Maine College of Art (BFA in 2005), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2006) and Yale School of Art (MFA in 2008). His work has been seen internationally: Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea (2006); National Gallery of Saskatchewan, Canada (2007); Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2011); Venice Biennale (2011); and Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (2012). Now living and working in New York, he is an American success story.
His work is rooted in his turbulent personal experiences but speaks to something larger. Look closely and we find no traces of culture or society. The anonymity of his images highlights the universality of his issues. At turns dark and funny, his painting is a powerful testament to his desire to create eloquent artworks that ask vital questions about our place in the world amid ever changing international circumstances.
To accompany this exhibition, the 120-page catalogue "Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted" is available online and in the Museum Store.
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Artist Talk: Ahmed Alsoudani
March 13, 2013 at 7pm
Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum
Part of the Contemporary Forum Lectures Series which is sponsored by Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Left: Untitled, 2011. Charcoal and acrylic on canvas. 72.5" x 62.5". Collection of Iris and Adam Singer. Middle: Untitled, 2010. Charcoal, acrylic and oil on canvas. 78.5" x 115". Private collection. Right: Untitled, 2011. Charcoal and acrylic on canvas. 108" x 64.5". Private Collection.
Exhibition is co-organized by the Phoenix Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). In Phoenix, it is generously funded by Lee and Mike Cohn, CFG Business Solutions, LLC, and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Endowment.