From architecture in Sharjah, abstract art from across the Arab world and an experimental book on Hassan Sharif – here is your summer reading list on art and culture from the Middle East, selected by the Art Dubai team.
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s edited by Suheyla Takesh and Lynn Gumpert
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s traces the emergence and development of abstraction in the Arab World through paintings and sculpture dating from the 1950s through the 1980s. Drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, this book features nearly ninety works by a diverse group of artists whose creative visions stretched beyond the boundaries of representation. Taking Shape raises a fundamental question: How do we study abstraction across different contexts, and how can we rethink art-historical canons to expand the discourse around global modernism.