Carol Eisenberg at Cove Street Arts

Art review: See nature from a new angle in photo show at Cove Street Arts Closeups of water, coronavirus collages and images of the sun are among the works in 'Abstract Nature.' BY JORGE S. ARANGO Carol Eisenberg, “Dangerous Beauty” Photo courtesy of the artist/Cove Street Arts As I took in Carol Eisenberg’s “Dangerous Beauty” series of photographic works at “Abstract Nature,” a show curated by Bruce Brown at Cove Street Arts (through Aug. 24), I remembered an article I read by New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman in 2001. The occasion was an exhibition…Read more

Carol Eisenberg

Notes Toward a Statement of Art Carol Eisenberg’s genre-bending photography blurs the boundary between floral still-life, historically coded as feminine (and therefore lesser), and landscape (traditionally coded masculine). Commanding the terrain of landscape photography, she subversively deploys vivid color, blossoms, texture, tactility, and the equally—though we are less apt to admit it—historically feminine mark of trash. The femininity of trash is the unspoken discourse of the feminine as the abject, the cast-out, the worthless. Women are “discarded” more readily than men (think of the phrase, discarded mistress). Women are cast as the always-already…Read more

Dror Ben Ami

Dror Ben Ami b. 1956, Israel. Education Following art studies at the Rijksakademie Van BeeldendeKunsteen-The Royal Academy of Arts, Amsterdam, Ben Ami earned a B.A. in Art Education, Oranim College, KiryatTivon, and an M.A. in Art from the University of Leeds. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the Wizo College of Design, Haifa, at the EmekYizreel Academic College, Goren Campus, and works in his Tel Aviv studio. Solo Exhibitions 1985 Aula Gallery-Rijksakademie, Amsterdam 1989 Catacombe Gallery, Amsterdam 1992 The New Gallery, Beit Abba Hushi, Haifa 1993 "Snake," Tova Osman Gallery, Tel Aviv…Read more

Yigal Shtayim

"There is an essence of the collective nostalgic yearning in these photographs, and also a childish homesickness. If the pictures are not personal, how is it that they make me yearn for a place I have never been to, whose name I do not know, whose language I do not speak? Childish nostalgia, the fantasy of a child who imagines he has been adopted and tries to be accepted, the fantasy at whose root lies a lack of identity, but also something optimistic. Nostalgia is a fantasy of belonging in another world." "The…Read more

Ofer Lellouch – The Hand that Thinks

                                    The Hand that Thinks    Pierre Restany "Narcissism, before being self-love, is the impossibility of making the distinction between the reality and the model of the reality", Ofer Lellouche says to us. This narcissism is the prerogative of all the great contemporary artists who have remained concerned to transfix in their work this instant that is so fleeting and aleatory, yet irrevocable once it appears: the thrill [frisson] of the encounter between the reality and…Read more

Raffi Kaiser at the Morat Institute

  Badische Zeitung, Tuesday 7 August 2012 Smiling in the rapids, Raffi Kaiser. Le Voyage des voyages. The companion volume of texts and pictures for the exhibition at the Freiburg Morat Institute.   “The presence of nature is important for me”, says Raffi Kaiser. Yet it is in his Paris atelier that he does his drawing. He lets the pencil glide quickly over the paper, drawing once lived nature from his mind. It cannot be said to have been ”retained”. What emerges from under his hand Franz Armin Morat calls “a unique universe”. The…Read more

Ofer Lellouche and the Alchemical Skull

  Ofer Lellouche and the Alchemical Skull Arturo Schwarz  A couple of huge faceless heads, in which two deep furrows hint at deep-set sightless eyes, stare at us. The nose is another sinister cavity and the mouth is effaced, mute, non-existent. It is speechless. The heads, molded with art, spell silence. A silence, which, in the words of the alchemist Michael Maier, resounds like thunder. Death is absolute silence. Did Lellouche wish to create a head or, unconsciously reluctant, a skull? Indeed, a work of art is always, in one-way or another, also…Read more

Ruvim Matskin Izrailevich

  Ruvim Izrailevich Matskin was born in 1926 in Kryvy (Ukraine). In 1955 he graduated from Kharkov State Art School, and in 1970 joined the Kharkov Artists' Union. Since 1963 he worked at the Industrial Art dep. of the UkrSSR Art Fund. In the late 1880s he and his family moved to Israel. Matskin passed away in 2002.  Read more

Raffi Kaiser

  Raffi Kaiser was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1931. He studied at the Fine Arts School in Tel-Aviv, at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and later at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In the early 60s he lived in Toscany and studied Medieval and Renaissance art. Kaiser moved to Paris in 1962. He participated in many group exhibitions and held one man exhibitions in several galleries worldwide. Kaiser is the only living western artist whose works were presented at the Musée Guimet in Paris. His works are shown in…Read more
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