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Idris Khan, Beyond the Black (Wall Drawing), 2013, oil and gesso on wall, dimensions variable.

Idris Khan

Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road

Idris Khan, Beyond the Black (Wall Drawing), 2013, oil and gesso on wall, dimensions variable.

This season, black is the new black. Despite—or, possibly, because of—its racial connotations, it’s been the noncolor of choice for an unusual number of recent London exhibitions, among them Indian modernist F. N. Souza’s black-on-black figurative paintings from 1965 at Grosvenor Gallery; Korean sculptor Meekyoung Shin’s “Untitled (Black Series),” 2013—comprising exquisite vases made of soap manipulated to mimic coal-colored ceramics—at Sumarria Lunn Gallery; and the late English filmmaker Derek Jarman’s assemblaged “Black Paintings” from the 1980s and early ’90s at Wilkinson. It was in this context that Londoner Idris Khan professed to go “Beyond the Black” with his latest work.

Nine large paintings (black gesso and oil-based ink on aluminum), four substantially sized works in oil-based relief ink on paper, and a site-specific wall drawing (all works 2013) had

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