Abstract and semi-abstract works

This section of the exhibition features a number of abstract and semi-abstract works. The only sculpture in this space is by Iraqi artist Ismail Fattah, executed in 1965. Often blurring the lines between abstraction and representation, Fattah’s artwork presents a dilemma between figuration and its negation. In his untitled 1965 sculpture, Fattah depicts limb-like supports for a rectangular core, obscuring any decisive representation. Rendering the inexpressible qualities of human consciousness through sculpture and paint, Ismail Fattah blends form with intangible ideas of human consciousness.

Text by Sarah Rogers and Mandy Merzaban

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Photography by Capital D Studio

A Century in Flux - photos

Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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