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"Rafik Majzoub: Memoirs of a Screw," a beautifully shot five-part biographical documentary by Australian-Egyptian filmmaker Ann Megalla, greets visitors to the artist's solo exhibition at Art on 56th with a harrowing introduction to the artist and his work. A self-taught outsider artist who has battled alcoholism for decades, Majzoub is as destructive as he is prolific. Like much of his older work, that in his new solo show, "Rain on me," consists of a series of self-portraits. The artist's ravaged face as he captures it on his canvasses tells its own story, but Megalla's documentary helps to place the work in a more specific context. "Rain on me" is Majzoub's first Beirut solo show in five years. His paintings – raw self-portraits that convey emotions far more accurately than features – have lost none of the power and fury that marked his earlier work. Whatever its genesis, Majzoub's paintings are filled with power.Rafik Majzoub's "Rain on me" is up at Art on 56th though Jan. 31 .
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