Why "What is Real?" ?

By Malou Erritzøe [23-02-2012 ] | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: None

In recent months, I have had several encounters with contemporary Israeli art that have left impressions on me, from PREVIEW Berlin and Fresh Paint (Tel Aviv) art fairs, to visiting Israel where I was introduced to Israeli artists and the local art scene. In recent years, art galleries have cropped up throughout Israel, many in the prominent of Tel Aviv, where both artists and galleries are enjoying a growing international interest and market. And so, in collaboration with Tavi Art Gallery in Tel Aviv, I have made a selection of works to share with our Danish collectors and other art aficionados, and ones which will provide insight into this growing market.

When talking about Israel, various impressions appear in one's mind: political – geographic – historical. But whether romanticized, critical or news-related, our perspective onIsrael, past and present, remains just that – an outsider's look “in” – and therefore begs the question: how do Israelis themselves view their culture, country, or even the outside world?

What Is Real?puts on display various forms and expressions -they each have their own story to tell, but they all tend to play with an intruiging ambiguity. Paintings so accurate they look like photos, the staging of dead animals that make them seem very much alive, short and minimalistic, often humourous videos that beg the question, "What is going on? – what are we seeing?" All in all this is an opportunity to experience a very unique selection of contemporary Israeli art, and at the same time, meet the existential and none-geographically, commonly shared question:What Is Real?

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