Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, (Turkish), Full Moon [detail], 1961, Oil and glue on canvas, 50 7/8 x 42 in., Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.293
September 17 - December 31, 2022

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art

1960s—1970s

Modernisms comprises an exhibition and publication that explore aspects of Iranian, Indian, and Turkish art from the 1960s and early ’70s via selected works from the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. Featuring approximately twenty-five to thirty works from each of the three countries, the exhibition sheds light on how Iranian, Turkish, and Indian artists created works that drew on their specific heritages while also engaging in global discourses around key issues of modernity. It is the very first to bring together modern works from Iran, India, and Turkey.

The publication features essays that both further illuminate our concepts of modernism and make a substantial contribution to understanding art made outside the long-dominant North American–Western European axis. Also featured are correspondence, journals, invoices, exhibition brochures, invitations, and photographs from the Abby Weed Grey Papers housed in the NYU Archives, a treasure trove of materials that provides insights into Mrs. Grey’s motivations and aspirations as well as the challenges she faced in amassing an international collection.

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art, 1960s–1970s is organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and is made possible in part by the generous support of Dalinc and Mehves Ariburnu; WLS Spencer Foundation; A. Alfred Taubman Foundation; Avid Modjtabai; Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; Charina Endowment Fund; Alaleh and Ariel Ostad; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust. In-kind support is provided by ArtCare Conservation.

Maqbool Fida Husain, (Indian), Virgin Night, 1964, Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 29 1/2 in., Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.158
Parviz Tanavoli, (Iranian), Heech, 1972, Bronze on wood base, 22 1/4 x 12 x 8 in., Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.54 © Parviz Tanavoli

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