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Leumi Hosts 'New Directions' Art Exhibition
The Leumi Collection consists of Israeli classic through modern works and of cotemporary Israeli art. The classic through modern section includes works of leading artists from the pre-State years and the ensuing decades, among them Reuven Rubin, Ziona Taggar, Moshe Mokady, and Marcel Yanko, as well as works of present-day artists. In recent years Leumi launched an unprecedented project of supporting young art and has purchased thousands of pieces by contemporary artists.
From December 8, 2011 to January 20, 2012, Leumi exhibited 'New Directions', at Leumi Mani House, Visitors and Arts Center in Tel Aviv, an exhibition by artists whose works are already encompassed in the collection. The impressive achievements of these artists are admirable considering their relatively short careers in the art world.
Shai Azoulay, Dana Yoeli, Roy Mordechai, Tali Navon, Alon Kedem and Judith Raviv were invited to exhibit works from the previous year in one of the stately rooms of Mani House.
Shai Azoulay completed his MFA in 2007 at Bezalel Academy. That same year Leumi purchased Azoulay’s “Toy Plane”, a small and moving piece charged with irony, compassion, and the recognition of human weakness, which today characterizes his large works.
Parallel to the exhibition at Mani House, Azoulay exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in a two-artist exhibition entitled Super Partners: Shai Azoulay and Reuven Israel. In the midst of preparations for this exhibition, Azoulay was awarded the Creative Encouragement Award for 2011 by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport.
Dana Yoeli’s “Untitled”, from 2005, is a rich painterly work which probes the presence of the unseen. Yoeli graduated Bezalel MFA program in 2010. In her recent works, she follows the quest of the outstanding American-British painter, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) for the “component” that makes a portrait assume internal worlds.
Roy Mordechai’s “Long Hands”, an aquarelle on paper, was acquired by Leumi in 2007, the year it was painted. This disturbing piece is suggestive of the sensitivity, absurd and hidden fears that characterize Mordechai’s current work. Mordechai studied at the Avni Institute and Musrara (The School of Photography, Media and New Music, in Jerusalem). His work is inspired by computer games and the oeuvre of Hieronymus Bosch and Maurizio Cattelan.
Tali Navon studied at Shenkar College and Kalisher and is currently studying at Tel Aviv University. Her works have been acquired by the Leumi Collection since 2005, among them “Work Apron”, 2008, which verges on the abstract and is displayed in this exhibition. Her recent works, mainly videos, manifest a deepening sense of form and content which she has incorporated into her work in the last two years.
Alon Kedem was the laureate of the 2011 Osnat Moses Young Artists Painting Prize. He is currently displaying a solo exhibition at the Artists’ House, Jerusalem. Kedem completed his B.A. studies at Bezalel in 2009 and is studying at the Kerem Institute for Teacher Training. Several of his works were acquired by Leumi in 2009. Kedem’s recent paintings have become richer and more complex, and are suggestive of day to day mysteries and beauty inherent in the seemingly banal.
Judith Raviv graduated Beit Berl College of Art, and her work “Night”, 2006 was purchased by Leumi the same year it was painted. Her work is suggestive of dark, fantastic and seductive spheres. Her latest pieces, no longer labyrinths, convey beauty, a trap that grips its audience, demanding it to decipher the shadows and forms.
The unifying element of these works is their superb quality and the unrelenting search for deeper meaning.