Saw a lot of great art in Israel, and took a lot of photos to share out here on my blog. This post has some from my trip to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Much of this is fairly
contemporary, though some of it is a bit older ("Modern"). Some comments
included with each photo – please let me know what you think,
especially if you have details on related work.
next two paintings are from a special exhibit on the Fauves. The top
one is a Kandinsky from 1908 called "Mountain Landscape with Village I";
the lower one is from Gabriele Münter, around 1910, called "Sunset over
Staffelsee." I love the wild colors. The most well-known Fauve work is
arguably Matisse's portrait of his wife, "Woman with a Hat."
I love Man Ray. And getting to see the back of "Indicateurs," which he hand-titled and signed, was a thrill for this art geek.
Israel Museum has a great collection of Judaica, and one of my favorite
pieces is this all-in-one set of ritual objects designed by Zelig Segal
in 1983, entitled "Holiday Set." At the top is a Hanukkiah, there's a
Havdalah set on the right, an etrog holder on the left, Shabbat
candleholders at the bottom...
last piece I'm sharing in this post is the view from inside James
Turrell's "Space That Sees" from 1992 – possibly my favorite sculptural
work of all time. One enters a big white box (20' square? 30'?) and
looks up through an opening to watch the sky above. It's sculpture in
reverse, almost. I see it as an exploration of how we frame the natural
word to create art – painters and photographers try to capture moments,
sculpture tries to replicate it... and this frames the source itself.