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Curated by Murtaza Vali, this magisterial collective exhibition assembles 46 works by 16 regional and international artists newly commissioned art, pieces from the Art Jameel collection and more-or-less-recent works by regional artists.The show reflects upon the matter of petroleum. Several archive-informed pieces explore humans' complex, multifaceted oil fetish the material, political, socio-economic and cultural artifacts of extraction in this region. Among archival works addressing the West's early history of political engagement with petroleum, few will be as revelatory to a 21st-century public as "Chronoscope, 1951, 11pm," Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck's 2009-2011 collaboration with Media Farzin.Elsewhere in "Crude" hang several of Qadiri's sculptural works.When it opened some weeks ago, "Crude" was a pleasant surprise for some international arts journalists.
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