Between the 1950s and the 1980s, Arab countries were transformed through decolonization, the rise of nationalism, socialism, rapid industrialization, and wars and mass migrations. At the same time, artists were revitalizing their practices, finding inspiration in Arabic calligraphy, geometry and mathematics, and local topographies. Hannah Feldman, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern, will focus on abstract art in Algeria; and Alex Dika Seggerman, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History, Rutgers University–Newark, on figurative art in Egypt. Moderated by Sarah-Neel Smith, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art.
"Taking Shape: New Perspectives on Arab Abstraction, A Zoom Webinar Series" is being recorded and will be made available captioned on our website at a future date.
Co-organized by NYU's Grey Art Gallery and Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and co-sponsored by ArteEast. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s," on view at NYU's Grey Art Gallery in 2020.
Madiha Umar, ''Untitled,'' 1978 (detail). Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE