Weekly Highlights in Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Scene

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Gallery Talk: Modern Love | From the broad scope of the Israel Museum’s photography holdings, this chronological display of photographs created between 1900 and 1945 presents the various facets of modernism through a flow of powerful images, together with a few focal points devoted to a single artist or phenomenon. Brief introductory notes appear at six stops along the gallery, and use of the exhibition’s audio-guide is recommended, since it offers in-depth analysis for many of the photographs. And as you take a close look at these images, perhaps ask yourself: what can a century-old photograph tell me about my own time? Gallery Talk Tuesday December 10th, 19:00 at The Israel Museum, Rupin Blvd. 12. Registration required, for more info click here. 

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Alfred Stieglitz, “Equivalents, 1925–29”, two gelatin silver prints, photo courtesy of the Israel Museum.

Gallery Talk: Walk The Line | Drawing is an artistic act that hovers between fixation of the visible and its liberation, between the present line and its potential disappearance. The works of the nineteen artists exhibiting at the Jerusalem Print Workshop as part of the 7th Biennale for Drawing allow perusal of drawing in the transitions between presentation and trace, and between the paper or canvas and the physical or virtual space. They invite understanding of drawing as a basis for art in both the two- and the three-dimensional spheres. They explore the consciousness of drawing and of the line comprising it: its being purist and performative, and at the same time—an image, a representation, and a narrative. Gallery Talk Wednesday, December 11th 19:00 at Jerusalem Print Workshop, Shivtei Israel St. 38. For more info, click here.

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Nelly Agassi, “The Sun Scorches The Walls of the Heart Gold”, 2007, etching and aquatint on wrinkled paper.

Gallery Talk: The Seer And The Sea | With the early settlement outside of the city wall, “the street of the Prophets” was considered the backstreet to Jaffa Road, housing foreign consulates, hospitals, and private estates. The exhibition explores the tension that still lingers in the geographical environs of the Gallery, between the king’s authority and the prophet’s sometimes challenging speech, focusing on the timeless alternative the prophets’ way offers the king’s regime. Gallery Talk Friday December 13, 11:00 at Azrieli Gallery, HaNeviim St. 13. For more info, click here. 

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