Date: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
Time: 10:15 AM Eastern Time
Tampa Museum of Art
120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
RSVP REQUIRED TO ATTEND: email [email protected], or call 813-932-0241
On view September 30, 2021 through January 16, 2022
Autumn in Yosemite Valley, 1963–1964.
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 80 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 exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE. Inspired by Arabia calligraphy, geometry and mathematics, Islamic decorative patterns, and spiritual practices, they expanded abstraction’s vocabulary—thus complicating its genealogies or origin and altering how we view non-objective art. The paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints on view reflect the wide range of nonfigurative art practices that flourished in the Arab world over the course of four decades.
At the Tampa Museum of Art, Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s is possible thanks to a community sponsorship by Morgan Stanley. The exhibition is also supported in part by Colonial Distributing and George & Debbie Baxter in honor of Dr. Mudhafar Amin and Zahar Hadid.
When you arrive, please check in with the front desk. Only pencil is allowed for sketching or notes in the galleries. Food, beverages, or backpacks or flash photography in the galleries is not permitted.
If you have any changes to your visit, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum in November!
Ticket prices are usually 15$, the Life Enrichment Center is covering this cost.