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Arab Abstract on display in New York City

From January 14 to April 4, at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, works from the collection of Sharjah's Barjeel Art Foundation will be presented as part of a collaborative project between the two institutions.

The project is called “Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s”. The idea is to exhibit works from the collection of the Sharjah Barjeel Art Foundation in New York.

Nearly 90 works will be on display over the four months of the event, including paintings, sculptures and a book of essays written by eminent personalities from the world of arts and culture, including three authors based in the United Arab Emirates – Salwa Mikdadi, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, and Suheyla Takesh, who co-curated and organized the event.

Lebanese poet Etel Adnan

Abstract well represented in the Arab world

In the framework of this exhibition, abstract work from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora around the world will be highlighted. Among other featured artists are the Lebanese poet Etel Adnan, the Iraqi painter and sculptor Shakir Hassan Al-Said, the Moroccan painter Ahmed Cherkaoui, and the Emirati artist Hassan Sharif. Paintings by Saloua Raouda Choucair, the late Lebanese artist and pioneer of the abstract movement in the Middle East in the 1950s, will also be presented to visitors.