Nevine MahmoudOctober 14—December 12, 2021
Nevine Mahmoud installation view, 2021. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) presented the first institutional solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Nevine Mahmoud.
For Nevine Mahmoud’s exhibition, several recent sculptures and installations were brought together for the first time alongside a selection of new works created specifically for the gallery. Mahmoud makes provocative sculptures from glass, steel, resin, and precious stones such as onyx, alabaster, and marble. Her work often takes the form of fruits or body parts, from curvaceous busts to voluptuous cherries. The works’ pristine polished surfaces and immaculate pedestals stand in stark contrast to their fleshy volumes and suggest otherworldly, surreal entities. The exhibition also featured a series of works that connote objects of play. Combining elemental compositions and primary colors with cold, fragile materials, these works frustrate our instinct to touch and explore. The contrast between these childish things and Mahmoud’s more sensual objects creates an unsettling effect, inviting us to consider the psychological origins of such bodily impulses as abjection and attraction.
Special thank you to the Los Angeles Public Library for their generous support and time in developing this virtual tour.
Nevine Mahmoud (b. 1988, London, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) received her BA from Goldsmiths, University of London and MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her work was recently on view in The Artist is Present, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Recent group exhibitions include Dreamers Awake: Women Artists After Surrealism at White Cube, London; The Poet, the Critic and the Missing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MADEMOISELLE at the Centre Régional D’art Contemporain Occitanie in Sète; This is Presence at Ballroom Marfa; and The Lasting Concept at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Other thematic exhibitions include I Had the Landscape in My Arms at Josh Lilley, London; An Uncanny Order at Jessica Silverman, San Francisco; Debris at James Fuentes, New York; and Seven Reeds at Overduin & Co., Los Angeles. f o r e p l a y (2017) at M+B was the artist’s debut solo exhibition and was selected as an Artforum Critics’ Pick. Other notable press includes MOUSSE, Art Review, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Contemporary Art Daily.