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At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

What is burning in Toba Khedoori’s fireplace?

In 2005, the L.A.-based artist made a painting of a domestic hearth ablaze, the life-size image rendered at viewer eye-level on an immense field of waxy white paper pieced together from two smaller sheets. (Overall, it’s more than 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide.) A year later, she reproduced the same image for a second giant painting on paper, this time embedded in a surrounding field of dense black pigment mixed with wax.

Both works turn up midway through an absorbing 20-year-plus survey of Khedoori’s work newly opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Former LACMA curator Franklin Sirmans, now director...

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