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Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s

now - December 4, 2022 
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Alsdorf Gallery
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-4000

From the 1950s through the 1980s, painters and sculptors throughout the Arab world explored the thrilling challenges and possibilities of abstraction in art. Taking Shape, an exhibition of works from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, tells the story of Middle Eastern and North African artists whose creative vision stretched beyond the boundaries of representation. Including artists originating from or working in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, to the United Arab Emirates, this exhibition, organized by the Grey Art Gallery at NYU, reveals both the global reach and regional importance of abstraction in the 20th century.