Join us for the opening reception of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s. Taking Shape 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 nearly 90 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.
The opening reception is open to the public, no RSVP required.
*Offered in conjunction with Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC, January 14–April 4, 2020.
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