Different Worlds: A Sociological Study of Taste, Choice and by Liah Greenfeld

By Liah Greenfeld

Utilizing a wealth of knowledge accrued in Israel, this examine depicts a whole procedure during which paintings is created and evaluated--the scale of Israeli society bearing in mind a finished and certain description of the entire brokers all for the construction and intake of recent paintings. the writer analyzes the styles of social kinfolk and behaviour created round artwork worlds--the global of summary avant-garde paintings and the realm of conventional figurative portray. She argues that the 2 worlds range appreciably either by way of the criteria that impact the formation of flavor, the method of review and the styles of luck in them and within the ways that those components exert their impact.

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Another important artist, Pinchas Cohen-Gan, exhibiting in 1972 in Tel-Aviv, used "new means of drawing, such as cutting, folding, multiplying the levels of paper and the like. He surprised the visitors also by means of a nylon bag with a goldfish in it, which he hung in the hall . "In 1974 this artist held a one-man show of "projects" in the Israel Museum. Here is its description: Historical background 37 Since 1972 Cohen-Gan has been engaged in intergeographical projects. In the autumn 1972 he started to work on the "Dead Sea" project, an attempt to transplant a habitat of livefishin the Dead Sea by means of polyethylene pipes,filledwith fresh water.

Remembered another artist. . the conversations among the artists - members of the group were not devoted to artistic matters - but mostly to the press and the power of mass media to bring artists' work to the public's notice . . the collective character of the group expressed itself in the mutual support of its members . 65 What exactly was the meaning of the "lack of ideology" among these artists? Not that they did not believe in anything. The members of 10+ were the disciples of the New Horizons masters; they shared the militant avantgardist ideology characteristic of this group in its later years.

There was no common manifesto . ,"73 These years also witnessed a rise of a number of "quality" galleries in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. These galleries together with the museums in both cities organized numerous exhibitions (one-man and collective) of Conceptualist artists. In addition, starting with the summer of 1975 the Israel Museum organized workshops to enable avant-garde artists to work together and with an active participation on the part of the public. One such workshop, we read, "caused a number of tendencies to meet each other and gave birth to a number of works of art, almost all of which had conspicuous 38 Different worlds political (leftist) implications: Pinchas Cohen-Gan sent a large banner of the United States, which was hung on the wall as a clear symbol; Moshe Gershuni sang day after day the ritual songs of Muslim moedzin (with loudspeakers from the roof of the museum); Gideon Gechtman mourned there over the death of the Hebrew labor and demonstrated day and night in the museum to protest this death .

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