Upcoming<br>Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s<br/>at the Tampa Museum of Art

After its debut at NYU's Grey Art Gallery in winter 2020, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" embarked on a national tour. From September 30, 2021 through January 16, 2022, it will be on view at the Tampa Museum of Art. "Taking Shape" explores mid-twentieth-century abstract art from North Africa, West Asia, and the Arab diaspora—a vast geographic expanse that encompasses diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions. Comprising nearly ninety works by artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE.

Muiltiple Identities

Like a good conversation, it takes two to make a portrait. Something special arises when artists depict their sitters or, in the case of self-portraits, themselves. Many times, however, portraits initially are judged by their ability to capture and evoke a sitter’s likeness. Yet the mirroring capacity of portraiture constitutes just one facet of its […]