Contemporary Arab Art at the New Museum Pulls No Punches

Contemporary Arab Art at the New Museum Pulls No Punches

Here and Elsewhere, the exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world at the New Museum thru Sept. 28, is not a happy show. It is an important show.

While nothing in this exhibit, the first museum-wide show of its kind in the city, will put a smile on your face, everything in it will make you think. And read the newspaper or listen to news reports more closely. With the volatile Middle East once again on the verge (but when has it not been?)—politically, socially, militarily and economically, there is perhaps no better time for an exhibition devoted to art born from that cauldron. The wonder is that the 45 artists from more than 15 countries (including Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and Palestine) were able to create with all the gunfire going off. Perhaps it is asking too much of them to make sense of the chaos they report. Certainly they do not sugarcoat it.

» New Museum, 235 Bowery, 212.219.1222