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Author: Marc Scheps Hardcover, Hirmer Publishing, 2011 Pages: 128 Pictures: 140 Menashe Kadishman is one of Israel's most important artists, and his famous sculptures can be found the world over in museums, private collections, and public spaces. This volume presents twenty of Kadishman most important works with full-color illustrations and accompanying text. Best known for his rolled steel sculptures dealing with the natural world—and in particular the interconnectedness of man, animals, and the environment—Kadishman has created many highly recognizable and sometimes distressing works that have figured prominently at, among other international venues, the Documenta IV and the various biennials. Rounding out this exemplary overview of an exceptional artist's work are a biography and a complete list of exhibitions.
Editor: Jacob Baal-Tshuva Hardcover, Prestel Publishing, 2007 Pages: 160illustrations: 230 An in-depth monograph on the celebrated Israeli artist. Most renowned for his arresting sculpture "Falling Leaves" and other monumental sculptures, Menashe Kadishman is a highly instinctual and at the same time conceptual painter and sculptor whose works are exhibited at some of the world's most important museums. Born on a Tel Aviv, Kadishman was a shepherd for many years in a Kibbutz. This experience informs much of his work, especially his brightly hued sheep's heads and sheep imagery. Kadishman's unique ability to weave nature and art to tell stories of humanity make him among the most lyrical of living artists. Here his career is traced from his artistic studies and early exhibitions to his recent works. A variety of art historians draw attention to Kadishman's themes, which embrace history, warfare, the Bible and the Holocaust, while others place him within the context of other artists at work today. A generous sampling of color plates and black and white images illustrate Kadishman's incredible range and deeply personal style.
'The Whispering Wall' is Michel Wolnan's solo exhibition catlog, 2011, URBAN GALLERY, Tel Aviv. The exhibition exhibited sculptures made of compressed aluminum blocks, painted in enamel colors, created by Michel Wolman. Some sculptures are portraits; others are homage to different characters. Michel's sculptural creation is unique and wrapped in an ongoing experience: Michael mixes the aluminum objects togetherin a metal recycling site located in the city of Holon. Kitchen pots, bottles, filters and the like are transferredto a recycling machine that turns them into aluminum blocks, without losing their original character, partial filter handles of the forksstill visible through the sensual folds of the metal. From the site, Michel transports the blocks to his studio in Mapu Street, Tel Aviv. There, he brings them to life...usually in the form of portraits of people who have passed through his life and affected him. Michel Wolman talks about his work: "I touch the inanimate in order to give it back its movement; a 'dead object' for others,in my eyes takes on the whirlpool of life". Michel adds: "Sculptures for me interpret pictures from life that speak to my heart; I find it difficult to call my work 'creation'.I would call my sculptures, sketches or caricatures that surprise my thoughts as muses or revelations ofabandoned rusty pieces of metal. These generate in me the attitude and necessity to 'freeze' the image for a while intoday's world. That is for me not 'style', 'trend' or 'fashion' but pure expression. Facial expressions, hands,movement as well as music, theater, memories and love - generate my attitude, and rather leave the domain of 'creation'to the 'One' who allowed me to illustrate these thoughts. In fact - nothing is nothing". Sigal Kashkash
Hard cover, 250 pages. First addition was published in October 2007. 'More Then 1000 Words' is an outstanding photography book by worldwide awarded Israeli photojournalist Ziv Koren. The book contains 102 photographs that were taken in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, between the years 2000-2007. From the book's introduction written by Ofer Shelach: "In September 2000 people stopped trying to make sense of it all. As the Middle East once more became mired in blood, Israelis and Palestinians gave up the attempt to think of their 120-year-long conflict in terms of land, sovereignty, legitimacy and peace – things that could be negotiated ceded or assumed. Instead, they revised old demons that had never really been exorcised in the years since the Oslo accords". Limited edition signed prints of photographs from the book are available for sale. Please contact us for more details.
Thousands of moments, hundreds of stories, seven villages, five lenses, three cameras – and one consciousness of truth; a difficult but uncompromising truth. A truth that is thousands of kilometers away, but touching and moving as if it were at our doorstep. In a collaborative project with the Red Cross, Ziv spent ten days documenting the lives of AIDS patients and HIV-positive residents of the world's largest concentration of AIDS – Kwazulu-Natal, a province in eastern South Africa. "No family has been untouched by AIDS: either someone is HIV-positive or sick, or another has died," says Ziv. Thirty percent of the population are HIV-positive, and over 300 die daily of the disease. Ziv's photographs open a door into a world of visual images, in the face of which the viewer cannot stay indifferent. He documents reality with full consideration and attention to the equilateral triangle consisting of photographer, subject, and viewer, and the perfect connection between the three creates a meaning with an added value. POSITIVE+ is a documentation, awareness, and instruction program of the utmost importance.
Hard cover, 135 pages. The book was published in October 2010 in association with URBAN GALLERY andaccompanied by an exhibition in our gallery. The collection of photographs in this book brings to light both the full range that exists in the Israeli intensereality between these extreme points and in Koren's body of work.Transcending boundaries: Israeli assistance after the Haitian earthquake, Ethiopian Falashmora being brought to Israel,a religious ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, a religious celebration at Mt. Meron at the graveof Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Aushwitz concentration camp, Tel-Aviv gay pride parade, A Druz corps of in training,contestants of a beauty pageant. Ziv Koren's body of work is in semblance to Israeli reality, incomplete without it's opposing extremes. Limited edition signed prints of photographs from the book are available for sale. Please contact us for more details.
Writing With Light - the super successful exhibition has ended, and from now on you can purchase the elegant book and all the exhibition's merchandise only in Urban Gallery. The book comes in a fancy box, contain 160 photographs in two volumes, printed on E-Photo paper, and built as one structure as if the viewer is walking in a gallery. This is an addition of 600 books and highly recommended for collectors, photographers, artists and as a beautiful gift for all occations.
The Saloona group is a group of artists, active in the Tel Aviv scene since 2004. The group strives to make art accessible to the public, to take it out of the museums and galleries into more moving and more accessible alternative spaces, and to expand the boundaries of the local discourse. Saloona is an artist's book containing eight years of work by the group's prominent members, along with a catalogue for the group's exhibition, named "Collaborators", exhibited at the Urban Gallery, 2012. The first part of the book is dedicated to summing up eight years of creation by the members of the group. Rather than present their best work in a conventional catalogue, graphic designer and artist Jewboy chose to fuse together various visual materials gathered from the artists (images of art pieces, photographs and personal documents) and use them as raw materials, creating new and unpredictable pieces. The second part of the book is dedicated to the exhibition named "Collaborators", in which each artist presents portraits of the other members of the group, as seen through his or her eyes. In the spirit of the group's focus on collectivity and dialogue, the works are entered into a database and analyzed, statistically, examining the artists' thought and behavioral patterns in an attempt to expose each artist's unique 'artistic DNA', as well as that of the group as a whole.
Hard caver, 83 pages First addition published in May 2013 A quick glance at Mark Furman's paintings suffices to identify their artistic qualities. His classical technique and precise brushstrokes testify to many years of experience in academic studies, rooted deeply in the former Soviet Union. Furman's works over recent years may be divided into three major styles: Judaica paintings, with themes such as the klezmer, Jewish wedding, and life in the shtetl; figurative paintings of Berlin in the 20s and 30s; and the most recent urban landscapes of Tel Aviv city streets. Furman's paintings engaged in subjects from the shtetl are full of color, conveying the spirit of joyful gaiety. He depicts typical situations from shtetl life, such as weddings, Torah study, Jewish festivals and celebrations. Some of his works are in homage to the artist Issachar Ber Ryback. Furman's cityscapes begin with the camera he has been carrying around with him for nearly 20 years to document the cityscape. Unlike his paintings based on memory, longing and emotion, Furman depicts the streets of Tel Aviv as close to reality as possible. Mediated by photography, Furman transfers the reflection of reality at any given moment onto the canvas, adding his own sense experiences to the depiction.

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