Israeli Art: A Crash Course with Shirel Horovitz - Context Travel

Israeli Art: A Crash Course with Shirel Horovitz


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Join an artist for a rollercoaster ride through Israeli art from the early 20th century to today touching on key themes and seeing the way they highlight and challenge the Israeli narrative.

Contemporary art in Israel is an ever-changing scene reflecting the local temperament and issues alongside the hottest world trends. Join artist and educator Shirel Horovitz as she leads us through this labyrinth and gives us the tools to enjoy and understand it in depth.

We start by understanding the major influences at the beginning of the 20th century that created the backdrop and trajectory of the Israeli art world until today. We’ll view canonical artworks from each decade and dive deep into both international and local contexts.

As we move forward in time we’ll look at the shifts in themes, trends and mediums, ask about the specific characteristics of Israeli art and touch on some of the key ways to interpret this unique scene. We’ll arrive at the 21st century and delve into significant works from the last two decades which mark the entrance of the Israeli art world into the international market art scene. Finally, we’ll look at major works from the last three years as well as into the latest shifts in curatorial practices to inquire into the current scene and where it might be going from here.

Artist credit: Nahum Gutman , Afternoon Rest, 1926

Shirel Horovitz received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2007) and her MA from The Interdisciplinary Art Program in Tel Aviv University (2015, with honors) and is a recipient of the Rabinovitch Art Fund Foundation Prize (2018). Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and art festivals in Israel and the US.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A

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