See Arab Abstractions 1950's - 1980's at NYU Grey Art Gallery
Date(s) - 02/15/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Modernists didn’t invent, but, rather, reinvented abstraction. And these Arab artists recognized that abstraction—in ancient Sumerian and Egyptian art, Arabic calligraphy and the geometric patterning decorating classic Islamic architecture—was much more authentic to them than the representational art they had adopted during Western colonization. Abstraction was in their DNA, and these Arab artists reclaimed it as their own.
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 that encompasses 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 paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints on view here reflect the wide range of nonfigurative art practices that flourished over the course of four decades.
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To get acquainted before the exhibit, we’ll meet for coffee at the Astor Place Starbucks. Then we’ll walk over to the Gallery, which is .3 mi away.
Suggested admission at the gallery is $5.
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