Israeli Art and Artists

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Memorial for fallen freedom fighters breaking Israeli fighters from imprisonment by the British
I was excited to have some time to explore the creative side of Israel. The country is not often known for its art and artists, but the arts are definitely not in short supply. There are towns dedicated to the arts, museums and galleries focused on emerging local artists and public art everywhere.

I spent an entire day wandering alone through the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. I only left so I could catch the last bus out of the city to a friend's house, otherwise I would have stayed until closing (or even later if possible :P). It was my first real introduction to Israeli Artists of the last half century. Artistic style and concepts ranged from classical to post modern, from minimal to outrageous, from primitive to complex. In addition to contemporary Israeli artists the museum also exhibited art from well known international artists such as Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Marc Chagall, but not in the same volume as the Met or other long established museums.
Noahs boat candle..
I actually find that to be refreshing change. As much as I love seeing the work of Van Gogh and Klimt, many museums tend to focus on the well known artists from earlier artistic periods or specific styles rather then an vast range of locally established artists barely known outside the country. As a person who studied art history in college, I crave to see art from regions not often found in the general art history books.

The country was also filled with intriguing public art situated on the side of roads in busy cities, small towns and rural farmlands. The style was often more expressive with an abstract quality then with realistic forms of animal and human figures. My conclusion to why the Israeli public art is more abstract in style has to do with Israel being a young country established during a time when the popular western art style was abstract expressionism.
Graffiti
Using abstract forms to fully express the energies and emotions of those diligently working to build a new community in a world of established (more or less) nations. Israel, like the States, is a country full of immigrants from around the world bringing their creative knowledge and contemporary artistic ideas with them. I can't help but think how exciting the past sixty years has been for artists to capture the spirit of a quickly developing country. Much of the public was set up as a memorial for past events and people of importance, several pieces were created for the love of art and ideas expressed.

Creative towns like Zefat were established as artistic settlements, though Zefat is more of an orthodox town then a town filled with artists. There were a few galleries and some creative outlets to explore but not as much as I originally expected, But the town is still worth visiting. There is a great candle store to check out. The candle artists create traditional, ceremonial, and highly detail biblical scenes with colored wax. very cool :P.

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Memorial for fallen freedom fighte…
Memorial for fallen freedom fight…
Noahs boat candle..
Noahs boat candle..
Graffiti
Graffiti
Haifa
Haifa
Im not sure what this is or the c…
I'm not sure what this is or the …
More art work in the north..
More art work in the north..
Woodcut print in the north
Woodcut print in the north
Memorial for soldiers killed in ac…
Memorial for soldiers killed in a…
I loved this piece!!!
I loved this piece!!!
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Lions sculpture found all over the…
Lions sculpture found all over th…
More Jerusalem Lions!! this one in…
More Jerusalem Lions!! this one i…
Water Fountain
Water Fountain
Welcome to the Mouth!
A table at …
Welcome to the Mouth! A table at…
More art at the Masada
More art at the Masada
Art at the Masada
Art at the Masada
Sculpture walk at the Ramon Crator
Sculpture walk at the Ramon Crator
Part of the Sculpture garden walk
Part of the Sculpture garden walk
another piece from the sculpture g…
another piece from the sculpture …
Abstract piece located in the old …
Abstract piece located in the old…
Funny heads in Jaffa
Funny heads in Jaffa
There were few of these canvases h…
There were few of these canvases …
dimensional abstraction on a wall …
dimensional abstraction on a wall…
another outdoor wall piece in Jaff…
another outdoor wall piece in Jaf…
Beautiful iron work in jaffa
Beautiful iron work in jaffa
found this in a little nook while …
found this in a little nook while…
Interesting image pressed into the…
Interesting image pressed into th…
Another wall impression on the Jer…
Another wall impression on the Je…