ART 223 – FALL 2020 – List of Journal / Sketchbook Assignments
Taking Shape: Abstract Art from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s
A Century in Flux – Exhibition from the Barjeel Collection at the Sharjah Art Museum, view the exhibition virtually at:
ASSIGNMENT 1 – to be included in your Journal
Sultan Suood al-Qassimi, founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, has organized multiple exhibitions from his collections of modern and contemporary Arab art which have quickly included some of the very best examples by leading artists from throughout the Arab world. The catalogs of these exhibitions, the accessibility to the entire collection through the Barjeel website (https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/) as well as his continuing series of ‘Cultural Majlis’ meetings, now on Zoom, with presentations by leading artists, are tremendous resources that we will use throughout our course. Please take the time to explore the site – and enjoy your journeys through it!
After watching the video discussion on the exhibition ‘Taking Shape: Abstract Art from the Arab World’ as well as virtually visiting the ‘A Century in Flux’ exhibition listed above while also searching for additional information on a specific modern Arab artist including on the Barjeel Foundation website (https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/) answer the following questions and also create a drawing in your Journal.
1) What are some of the difficulties / problems when studying about modern art in the Arab world?
2) Instead of studying Modern art as a mostly Western movement, how can we begin to construct the different histories of modernism in varying parts of the world?
Make a drawing in your Journal of a painting or object from either of these exhibitions, or from other sources, by an artist from the Arab world that we can consider an example of ‘Modern
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