The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is delighted to welcome back visitors to its space for the exhibition Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection. This is the first physical exhibition in the gallery since it moved to virtual programs in the spring of 2020, and it will remain open to the public through February 5, 2022.

Modernisms first opened in New York City in 2019 and traveled to the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in the US before making its way to the UAE. The exhibition is the second collaboration between The NYUAD Art Gallery and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. A number of works in the exhibition have remained in storage for the past half-century and this is the first time that many of them are returning to the wider MENASA region.

Abby Weed Grey was a North American collector who made multiple trips abroad in the 1960s and early 1970s, to explore and collect modern art from across Asia. She made eight trips to Iran, and four trips each to India and Turkey, where she acquired the prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture that came to form the nucleus of the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern art, housed at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery.

Modernisms at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery sheds new light on famed artists such as Parviz Tanavoli, Fahrelnissa Zeid, and M.F. Husain, and also includes the collector’s personal letters, journals, invoices, catalogues, invitations, and photographs from the Abby Weed Grey Papers in the NYU Archives. The archives make visible how these artists drew on their specific heritages while also engaging in global discourses around key issues of modernity.

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