MODERNISMS: IRANIAN, TURKISH, AND INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS FROM NYU’S ABBY WEED GREY COLLECTION
ArtAsiaPacific, November 19, 2019
By Mimi Wong
Grey Art Gallery’s “Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection” offered as much a sampling of global art practices during the 1960s and ’70s as it did a glimpse into the collector’s eye. Grey, the museum’s founder, notably sought out contemporary artists in those regions at a time when art discourse remained largely Eurocentric, with cross-cultural exchange as the primary tenet of her collecting efforts during the Cold War. From the approximately 700-piece collection, gallery director Lynn Gumpert selected 114 paintings, prints, and sculptures by 59 artists hailing from three countries that were among those most frequently traveled to by Grey.