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In "Hussein Madi: A Boundless Life," an exhibition bursting at the seams with work spanning six decades of feverish output, Aida Cherfan has chosen to forgo the tried-and-tested but somewhat staid approaches of arranging work according to chronology, subject matter or media.Madi, one of the region's best-known artists, is represented here in 475 individual pieces. To the right of the BEC's entrance, a colorful 2008 painting capturing two angular birds – one of the artist's self-professed favorites – is flanked by a series of delicate sketches in colored pencil capturing exotic animals.The artist himself helped make the selection of work, Cherfan says, insisting that certain pieces – among them the zoo sketches – should be included. Refreshingly willing to display work in every state of completion, Madi has allowed Cherfan to display it as she sees fit.Alongside these pieces, immediately familiar to anyone versed in Madi's work, are the realist sketches, accomplished portraits and delicate watercolor still lifes that demonstrate the extent of the artist's abilities.
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