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Every Subtle Gesture by Basim Magdy

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PRODUCT: Every Subtle Gesture by Basim Magdy
SIZE: 7.44" high x 6.38" wide
MATERIALS: Softcover
This beautifully designed and crafted artist’s book is the first publication devoted to Egyptian artist Basim Magdy’s series Every Subtle Gesture. (Copies ordered online will arrive with any one of 25 different, hand applied cover images. We cannot accommodate requests for specific cover images for this limited edition artist’s book.) One hundred sumptuous images arranged by the artist are accompanied by lyrical captions authored by the artist. The volume also features an ode to the artist by writer and exhibition curator Omar Kholeif.

Trained as a painter, Magdy (b. 1977) began experimenting with colorful works on paper and canvas before moving into the realm of photography and cinema. In a process he dubs “pickling,” the artist applies household chemicals to analog film and photographic material. The results are sumptuous, spectral photographic visions of landscapes, presented as large-scale prints, slide projections, and film. His works across media—which evoke a pop sensibility in contrast to their grim titles, such as They Endorsed Collective Failure as the Dawn of a New Renaissance and The Bitterness of What Could Have Happened and What Ended Up Happening—speak to our collective ambition for a utopian future and the inherent failure of this human aspiration.

The book is occasioned by Magdy’s first US museum survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in a limited edition of 350. Each copy is numbered and signed by the artist. 200 pages with approximately 100 color images, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Artwork by Basim Magdy; poetry by Omar Kholeif; designed by Mollie Edgar and Dylan Fracareta. 

Dr. Omar Kholeif is the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Foundation-to-Life Inc. Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Visiting Professor and Curator at Hunter College, New York. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Senior Curator at HOME and Cornerhouse, Manchester; and Curator at FACT, Liverpool. He is the author and/or editor of over two dozen books, including You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Moving Image (2015), Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet (2016) and Fear Eats the Soul (2016).

The exhibition Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings was presented at the MCA Dec 10, 2016–Mar 19, 2017. Learn more.
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