Israeli Art and Artists
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February 21st, 2008 – by: esterrene
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.
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.
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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