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.
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s traces the emergence and development of abstraction in the Arab World through paintings and sculpture dating from the 1950s through the 1980s.
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.
In the dawn of the post–cold war era, questions of nationalism are being debated with great urgency as the world changes at a rate faster than ever thought possible. This is particularly true in the Middle East. In Israel, national identity is inextricably linked with the idealist goals of Zionism. Desert Cliché presents the work […]