Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s – 1980s
Wednesday, September 29th | Zoom Webinar |5pm-6pm
In this Virtual Exhibition Preview, Art+ Members are invited to join TMA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Joanna Robotham in conversation with Grey Art Gallery NYU Director, Lynn Gumpert and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s explores mid-20th-century abstract art from North Africa, West Asia, and the Arab diaspora—a vast geographic expanse encompassing diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Comprising nearly 90 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 is organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and curated by Suheyla Takesh and Lynn Gumpert. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Barjeel Art Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund; the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust