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As Is: Israeli Contemporary Artby Ruth Cats
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'As Is: Contemporary Israeli Art' tells the story of both daily life and cultural complexities and peculiarities that highlight the fundamental dialogue between art and various topics, among which is the Jewish rebirth after the Holocaust, religious and secular aspects of life, war, terrorism, traditions, and patriotic sentiment.From the second Intifada to the withdrawal from Lebanon, and from withdrawal from Gaza to the war in Lebanon, in the past 10 years, Israel has gone through dramatic periods in its history, and continues to deal with kamikaze attacks in the heart of its cities, meaning that social topics intersect with daily life with an uncommon urgency. Therefore, while some artists concentrate on global interests, at times to avoid local problems, many others respond directly to these events expressing fear, anxiety, political appeals, desires, and aspirations. The exhibition at the Vittoriano aims at showing those creative forces that not only flower in, but also accompany people, during the difficult living conditions in Israel while exuding an optimistic and ironic nature. A joy of life which becomes evident in the works of many contemporary artists who with their art shed light on the uniqueness of Israeli life.Written in English and Italian.
Book News Annotation:
As part of a celebration in Italy of the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel, an exhibition of contemporary Israeli art was held at the Complesso del Vittoriano (Vittoriano Museum Complex) in Rome, sponsored by the Tel Aviv Museum in Italy. This publication presents the art, along with biographical information and contextual and interpretive text. Seven provocative and thoughtful essays discuss such topics as art in Israel today and the history of Jewish thought about image-making, the Sabra in the Israeli mentality, the transfiguration of Israeli manhood, and the evolving image of the Israeli soldier. All text is in both English and Italian. This is an unusual book that should reach the hands of art historians, museum personnel, and scholars and others with curiosity or professional interest in Israel's culture and context. The format is horizontal: 12x9.75". Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing (IPM). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Israel is not just a place where these people have re-discovered the meaning of life; it is an absolute place, the place where everything began for the Jews. This magnetism is immediately apparent to anyone who has had the chance to visit the country, speak to its inhabitants, take in the unique atmosphere of the place where the three great monotheist religions developed and still confront each other, even today: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. On the occasion of the anniversary of the foundation of Israel, the works in this catalogue explore topics that are extremely emblematic and meaningful: diversified identities, conflict and desire for peace. All these issues are expressed in a myriad of different and innovative ways.
Tells the story of both daily life and cultural complexities and peculiarities that highlight the fundamental dialogue between art and various topics among which is the Jewish rebirth after the Holocaust, religious and secular aspects of life, war, terrorism, traditions, and patriotic sentiment.
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