Toba Khedoori

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

Toba Khedoori makes monumental yet exactingly detailed drawings, coating enormous sheets of paper with wax and often imbruing the surfaces with precisely rendered images of architectural forms such as doors, windows, railings, and fences. But the vast white space in the multipanel works, which are stapled to the wall and flecked with detritus lifted incidentally from the floor of the artist’s studio, is as much Khedoori’s subject as the structures. Her drawings’ composite wholes are quiet, immobile, vertiginous—balanced on a knife’s edge between loveliness and vacancy.

Khedoori’s new work expands her subject matter to include pictures featuring a scatter of gravel and a topographical map; the artist also experimented for the first time with completely abstract imagery. Yet the oneiric stasis, the atmosphere of unbearable proximity and infinite remove, remains the same. Despite Khedoori’s

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