Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, will discuss this independent, UAE-based initiative, which he established in 2009 to study, preserve, and exhibit modern art from the Arab world, and to foster critical conversations about regional modernisms. Suheyla Takesh, a curator at Barjeel and co-curator of "Taking Shape," will discuss her role in organizing the exhibition, framing her investigation of modernism’s development in mid-20th century North Africa and West Asia within today’s rethinking of the canon of abstract art. Moderated by Lynn Gumpert, director of NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and co-curator of the exhibition.
"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 early 2020.
Madiha Umar, ''Untitled,'' 1978 (detail). Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE