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Sharif Farrag, Sore Eyes, Tasting Strawberries, 2020, glazed porcelain, 13 1⁄2 × 10 × 10".

Sharif Farrag, Sore Eyes, Tasting Strawberries, 2020, glazed porcelain, 13 1⁄2 × 10 × 10".

Sharif Farrag

François Ghebaly

For his first show at François Ghebaly, in late 2019, Sharif Farrag debuted pots sprouting arms and gargantuan, technically improbable vases cleaved to expose orifices. Overall, their anthropomorphism was unapologetically libertine, their sensibility underscored by glistening coats of lavish glaze: Sometimes it dripped down the clay contours as an independent, physicalized entity; at others it became nearly selfsame with the forms. Six months later, Farrag presented new porcelain and stoneware works, one of which he made in quarantine, alongside related works on paper. (The drawing Signal Hill Datura with Bee, 2020, took as its subject a tree in Farrag’s yard that also appeared in the ceramic Datura Dust Jug, 2020, and anchored the grouping relative to its site and time of production.) Whereas the 2019 show emphasized embodied viewing—featuring exaggerated shifts in size from the totemic

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