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Saudi Artist Criticized for Israel Exhibit

An online petition is calling for the censure of Saudi artist Ahmet Mater for his participation in an Israeli art exhibit, The Art Newspaper reports. Mater, who is also a practicing medical doctor, is a prominent member of the contemporary Saudi art group known as “Edge of Arabia.” His best-known work, “Prognosis,” is a series that has been acquired by The British Museum.

The recent controversy concerns Mater’s 2010 work, “Evolution of Man,” which is currently on display as part of “West End,” an exhibit at Jerusalem’s Museum on the Seam. The museum is “a socio-political contemporary art museum” which, according to its website, seeks to “raise controversial social issues for public discussion.” Mater’s work consists of X-ray images showing the transformation of a gas pump into a person pointing a gun to his head.

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