Current Exhibitions
Effat Naghi, The High Dam, 1966. Acrylic on wood. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Effat Naghi
Shakir Hassan Al Said, The Victorious, 1983. Mixed media on panel. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Shakir Hassan Al Said
Rafa Al Nasiri, Arab Horizons, 1979. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Rafa Al Nasiri
Mahmoud Sabri, Untitled, ca. 1950. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Mahmoud Sabri
Kadhim Hayder, Il nous a dit comment cela s’est passé (He Told Us How It Happened), 1957. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Kadhim Hayder
Huguette Caland, Erotic Composition, 1967–70. Ink and graphite on paper. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Huguette Caland
Mahmoud Hammad, Study for Memory of the First of February: The Arab Unity,1958. Acrylic on paper. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Mahmoud Hammad/Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
Paul Guiragossian, Untitled, ca. 1967. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Paul Guiragossian Foundation
Hamed Ewais, Le gardien de la vie (The Guardian of Life), 1967–68. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Hamed Ewais
Marwan Kassab Bachi, The Three Palestinian Boys, 1970. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Marwan Kassab Bachi
Saloua Raouda Choucair, Composition in Yellow, 1962–65. Oil on panel. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Saloua Raouda Choucair
Adam Henein, The Rooster, 1979. Bronze. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. © Adam Henein/Karim Francis Contemporary Art Gallery

Modern Art from the Middle East

  • February 24, 2017–July 16, 2017
With Modern Art from the Middle East, the Yale University Art Gallery joins the campus-wide celebration of the 175th anniversary of Arabic studies at Yale and honors Edward Elbridge Salisbury, B.A. 1832, the first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit in the Americas. The installation presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by artists rarely exhibited in the United States. The objects are drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates, founded by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi to promote art from the Arab world through both local and international exhibitions. The works on view highlight the art movements that blossomed in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria in the second half of the 20th century and testify to the emergence of a unique aesthetic in these countries. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, the objects fuse modern elements with ancient sources and sociopolitical references. For information on the related symposium, organized by the History of Art Department, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Council on Middle East Studies, visit http://wcme.salisbury175.yale.edu.
Exhibition organized by Frauke V. Josenhans, the Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Kishwar Rizvi, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture; and Mandy Merzaban, Founding Curator, Barjeel Art Foundation; with Najwa Mayer, Ph.D. candidate, American Studies, in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation. Made possible by the Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund.

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