A major exhibition opening at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University on January 21, 2020, seeks to expand Western perspectives of modern art. Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collectionsurveys art from three nations where unique and vibrant forms of modernism sprang forth in the 1960s and 70s.
Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection explores art from the 1960s and early ’70s from Iran, Turkey, and India via selections from the unparalleled Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University.
For too long, non-Western modern art has been relegated to the margins, viewed as imitative and derivative.
Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran features works by three generations of Iranian artists born between 1937 and 1982. The exhibition presents some ten works each by six artists—Faramarz Pilaram (1937–1983), Parviz Tanavoli (b. 1937), Chohreh Feyzdjou (1955–1996), Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975), Shahpour Pouyan (b. 1980), and Barbad Golshiri (b. 1982)—examining their individual artistic practices through shared aspects of their Persian heritage, such as ornamentation, poetry, architecture, and Sufism.
Highlighting the creativity of artists who drew on their cultural heritage to redefine Iran’s visual identity during the decades leading up to the 1979 Revolution, Modern Iranian Art: Selections from the Abby Weed Grey Collection presents key works of Iranian modernism from the 1960s and ’70s. Housed here, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, and jewelry are […]
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 […]