By Kyle MacMillan
Sept 22-Dec. 4, “Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s,”Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston (blockmuseum.northwestern.edu). Mention abstraction in the United States, and visions of Richard Diebenkorn, Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still immediately come to mind. But this artistic approach was hardly limited to this country. This touring show, organized by the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, offers at look at abstraction in an unexpected part of the world and examines what organizers describe as its larger cultural, intellectual and spiritual connotations.