Uri Lifshitz | Flesh and Blood

Curators: Aya Lurie, Ori Drumer
May 28, 2016 - Sep. 3, 2016

Uri Lifshitz (1936-2011), a virtuoso who engaged in painting, sculpture, etching, collage, and drawing, is one of the most prominent and talented artists to have worked in Israel. He is also one of the most controversial. The exhibition title points to an artistic and biographical study of Lifshitz; an exploration of the human figure in his work; and a consideration of both in a cultural and social context. For six decades, starting in the 1960s, Lifshitz produced an extensive, varied, challenging body of work. Taking part in central landmarks of Israeli art and culture,he participated in the last New Horizons exhibition with the group of young artists who presented new tendencies in art, including Moshe Kupferman, Raffi Lavie, and Igael Tumarkin; was a member of the avantgarde 10+ Group; was represented by Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv; represented Israel at the 1969 São Paulo Biennale; and exhibited in museums in New York, Brussels, London,Amsterdam, and others. Lifshitz’s name was familiar beyond the professional circles of visual art. He was the Sabra, the kibbutznik,the army parachutist who participated in the Battle of the Mitle during the 1956 Sinai War. He was part of Tel Aviv’s bohemian society and frequented Café Kassit, was often mentioned in society columns, and was connected to members of the military and business elite.

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