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Untitled 1943-1949


Between 1943 and 1949, Suha Traboulsi, a prominent yet highly controversial Arab artist, painted 21 equally sized canvasses. Each consisted of four carefully considered elements: a color geometric abstraction in the middle
of each canvas;  its frame (from ornate to simple, wood to metal and gold Victorian or Rococo-type frames to plain minimalist Plexiglas box frame); the frame’s shadow (from faint to sharply delineated); a neutral ground. 

In 1997, Traboulsi asserted that these paintings were inspired by the business cards she had collected over the years from various Arab artists, gallerists, curators, dealers, collectors, framers, insurers, technicians, among others.

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