Professor Leisch-Kiesl’s book ʻZeichenSetzung / BildWahrnehmung. Toba Khedoori: Gezeichnete Malereiʼ [literally = Sign-Setting / Image-Perception. Toba Khedoori: Drawn Paintings] is the most thorough study of the artist’s work to date. For, not only does it present in-depth analyses of Toba Khedoori’s ʻdrawn paintings’, it also is a very concise, and scholarly discussion of the phenomenology of draftsmanship under contemporary conditions.
Leisch-Kiesl convincingly shows that our understanding of Khedoori’s work benefits greatly from reading it through some of the most definite European philosophers’ concepts (Derrida, Gottfried Boehm, et al.) and current image theory as well.
Leisch-Kiesl’s book is pleasant reading to the mind, yet never underestimates its readership. It should appeal to anyone, whether academically trained or not, who is interested in Toba Khedoori’s work and the true complexity of her artistic concept.
Dr. Stephan E. Hauser
Librarian at Schaulager*
*Schaulager (www.schaulager.org) holds one of the largest collections of Toba Khedoori’s work, and has lent to the artist’s recent mid-career exhibition in Los Angeles, currently shown at its second venue, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.