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A Slice of Israel

A Slice of Israel
Titled Israeli Pop Art, a group exhibition featuring six leading modern pop artists from Israel is being presented by Bruno Art Group and is curated by Motti Abramovitz the Director, of Bruno Art Group at Visual Arts Gallery, in the capital's India Habitat Centre from 9 to  23, November.

Motti Abramovitz said, 'Bruno Art Group maintains a dynamic international program, taking its artists to the world’s leading international art fairs. We have also shown David Gerstein’s solo show in Delhi earlier this year to a fabulous response. In this group show of Israeli pop art, artists experiment with displaying the modern side of Israeli art using innovative techniques and original material. The use of a bright, vibrant colour palette and 3-D methods all contribute in creating a unique art collection.'

The six participating Israeli artists are established international names: Yaacov Agam is celebrated as the father of kinetic art, David Gerstein is known for his vibrant 3-D metal art, Calman Shemi developed the unique technique of ‘window’ and ‘lacquer’ paintings while Dganit Blechner, Yuval Mahler and Raphael Abecassis are internationally renowned for pioneering a new language in pop art.

Yaacov Agam,  lives and works in Paris. He is the pioneer of kinetic movement in art and its most outstanding contemporary representative as well as the highest-selling Israeli artist. Born in 1939, Calman Shemi is an Argentinean-Israeli sculptor and painter who developed two unique techniques of paintings: his ‘lacquer paintings’ and ‘window paintings’. His paintings are reminiscent of ancient techniques used to create art in Japan and China centuries ago.

Dganit Blechner studied at the Camera Obscura College of Visual Arts, at the Avni Institute of Arts in Jaffa, and at the Ramat-Gan College for the Art. Dganit got her world-wide reputation for using vivid, bright and cheerful palette of colours in her works, together with extraordinary compositions.

Born in 1951 in Haifa, Israel, Yuval Mahler studied graphic design and animation at the School of Visuals Arts in New York City. He draws upon a rich supply of wry humor, satire, caricature, and comedy to produce his insightful studies of human behaviour. Raphael Abecassis's name means storyteller in Arabic, which suits him as his artworks each tell a story. A world-renowned Sephardi artist, he combines Biblical symbols and Sephardic motifs in his work.

He started painting at age 21 when he began studying to become an art teacher. He paints with no preparatory sketches; never erases any element, to keep the flow of inspiration alive.

This show will have both his decoupage works (an ancient artistic technique of gluing multiple layers of varying media for a unique effect) and mixed media (gouache and collage on cardboard) works.
David Gerstein is considered a pioneer of 3D metal art who also works in a large spectrum of media such as wall sculptures, paper cuts, prints and photographs.

Where:   Visual Arts Gallery, IHC
When: 9-23 November
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