ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF ART IN ISRAEL by Gideon Ofrat

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF ART IN ISRAEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another celebration of Israel’s 50th birthday: a detailed, persuasive, well-illustrated survey of art produced in Israel over the past hundred years, focusing more particularly on the period from the 1940s to the present. Ofrat, a prolific Israeli critic and the curator of a number of shows there, carefully traces the influences on Israeli art (in the 1940s and ’50s intensely realistic and upbeat art was in the ascendance; in the 1970s art, reacting to the pressures reshaping Israel, became more visibly politicized, often reflecting a radical critique of current situations), and the interactions of numbers of Israeli artists both with each other and with the international art scene. A useful introduction to a crowded, busy field, and more particularly to a number of powerful contemporary artists (among them the painters Ori Reisman, Jan Rauchwerger, and Aharon Messeg, and the sculptor Menashe Kadishman) still little-known outside Israel. (200 color and 150 b&w illustrations)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-8133-3377-6
Page count: 400pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1998