Israel -Contemporary Artists is one of the most up-to-date
publications to offer an authoritative overview of art in Israel:
15 representing artists with over 215 works and features pithy
introductory commentaries by the artists or critics.
Here, There, Everywhere
It is a known fact that Israelis live in a complex reality. They
are driven to reflection and at the same time are urged to act
fast. Everyday life absorbs their energy in big sips. So Israelis
react, expressing what is just ready to burst out of their chests.
Art is there, impatiently waiting to be uncovered in many ways,
trying to keep up with the roller coaster of life, trying to keep
away from getting swept off from its natural course.
And for such small a country, there are so many artistic doings!
Private and public galleries, alternative spaces and museums,
decorate the country’s landscape. Festivals and special events are
reproducing by the minute. Group and solo exhibits; ongoing tours
throughout the country’s peripheries and one-time events; live
performances; municipal, national, and international events -
almost everything goes.
However, in spite of all that enlightenment, and due to more than
a few reasons, artists are creating frequently on shaky grounds,
at times barely surviving their ongoing efforts for recognition;
often working with less than ideal conditions; investing valuable
time in searching for budgets to finish projects. There is still
much to be enhanced, and yet, artists keep on creating and
procreating, doing what they are meant to be doing. (excerpt)