Spotlight

Rachid Koraïchi

Aicon Gallery, New York (S2)

Aicon Gallery presents three important works in bronze sculpture, woven silk, and lithography by revered Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi, which have appeared at institutions such as Centre Pompidou and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Each piece involves a stylized alphabet and associated symbols as is signature of Koraïchi’s work. 

As Holland Cotter has said, “Koraïchi has made the written word, as a conveyor of spiritual philosophy, poetry and politics, his primary medium.” Koraïchi’s work is influenced by his heritage as a Quraishite, a transcriber of Quaranic text, in the Aurès region in Algeria. The artist’s exploration of script melds characters from Arabic, Sumerian, Hebrew, Chinese, and his personal system of codes, numbers, and marks. He has referred to his visual lexicon as an “alphabet of memory,” using it to articulate not only his aesthetic vision, but also his views on co-existence, tolerance, and perseverance. The three works on view use this vocabulary prominently. They also illustrate Koraïchi’s mastery of different media.

Rachid Koraïchi (b. 1947, Algeria; lives and works in Tunisia and France) won the Jameel Prize in 2011. His work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (New York), the Guggenheim (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), and the British Museum (London).