Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s

January 14–April 4, 2020

Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
January 14–April 4, 2020

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. Drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE, the exhibition features some 75 works by a diverse group of artists, including Etel Adnan, Shakir Hassan Al Said, Kamal Boullata, Huguette Caland, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Rachid Koraïchi, and Hassan Sharif, among others. Taking Shape reveals how artists moved away from figuration toward a process of simplifying and schematizing reality—an approach initiated by both artist collectives as well as by individual practitioners in the region and the Arab diaspora. Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated publication featuring new scholarship.

Starts Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
Ends Saturday, Apr 04, 2020
Curator Lynn Gumpert, Suheyla Takesh
Organized by Grey Art Gallery, Barjeel Art Foundation

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Exhibition Types: Global Middle Eastern Art Sculpture