Avigdor Arikha | Larry Abramson | Pinchas Cohen Gan | Itzhak Danziger | Atsmon Ganor | Joshua Neustein | David Reeb | Yohanan Simon | Anna Ticho
August 25, 2019-January 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 25, 3pm
Curator: Dr. Rotem Rozental
Israeli artists grapple, undermine, yearn for, redefine and argue with local landscapes and their representation since the early decades of the twentieth century. This exhibition, which unveils the recently donated Michael Hittleman collection of Israeli art, explores some of these internal conflicts, and the ways in which they manifested in local practice.
The exhibition borrows its name from the essay “What Does the Landscape Want? (And What Does He Lack)” by Larry Abramson (Ma’arav, January 8, 2010, in Hebrew). Considering the complicated relationships between artists, the land, and pictorial representations of a landscape torn by conflicts, which is regarded simultaneously as holy, political and mundane, in which the artist immerses and which he imagines, Abramson writes: “the landscape wants to seduce us, to hug us, to pull us in into the bosom of unconditional belonging. The landscape wants to be loved in an absolute and complete way.” As he discusses the painful awakening from the “magic of blind love” he outlines the social, personal, and political journeys artists in Israel experience as they regard their surroundings and bring it in to their studio spaces.
Whereas Anna Ticho sketched the hills of Jerusalem that surrounded her for nearly seven decades, Atsmon Ganor intervenes in maps taken from atlases. In his screenprints of the Nesher Quarry, the famous sculptor Itzhak Danziger proposes a rehabilitation of an abandoned space. Reflecting social concerns in emotional and conceptual settings, Pinchas Cohen Gan implements faceless figures in an abstract landscape. Notably, all the artists shown in this exhibition demonstrate different approaches, techniques, perspectives and ideas toward the landscape, its position within their practice, and their understanding of its physical emergence. It is precisely this complex, almost irreconcilable multiplicity that this exhibition seeks to highlight.
Caption: Pinchas Cohen Gan, Figure on Two Panels – Yellow / Acrylic on newsprint, 1976.