Acre Born Artist Tosses Out the Melodrama, but in Doing So Loses Her Power

Splashes of color in gold and tar, paintings done using olive oil, and rootless cotton branches are only part of Anisa Ashkar's new exhibition. However, her earlier works remain far more interesting.

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“Take Care,” the title of the new exhibition by Anisa Ashkar, is borrowed from one of the artist’s many facial inscriptions. For years, Ashkar has been inscribing a word or a sentence on her face in Arabic –...