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Neo-Expressionist Painting from Berlin on View at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art     
Rainer Fetting, Night of the Pelicans, 1987.
TEL AVIV.- The exhibition is held in honor of Susan and Martin Sanders' generous gift to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which includes important works by some of the prominent Neo-Expressionists active in Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s: Karl Horst Hödicke, Rainer Fetting, Salomé, Helmut Middendorf and Peter Chevalier. Their works represent interesting aspects of the worldwide "back to painting" trend that swept through western Europe and the USA at the time—figurative and expressive art, full of myths, symbols and narrative, that developed as a backlash to 1960s and 1970s minimal and conceptual art. Minimalism's esthetics of reduction and the centrality of the theoretical-consceptual aspect in conceptual art eventually excluded the medium of painting from the language and discourse of art and precluded expressive utterances. Faced with the programmatic formalism of this rationalistic art, the Neo-Expressionists felt compelled to react to their immediate physical environment and express their feelings and anxieties. They created spontaneous, personal painting guided by a sense of subjective urgency and a determination to re-establish painting in a challenging way that combines past values with new concepts.

The passion for experiential-personal expression through expressive painting was intensified in Berlin of the 1980s. The Neo-Expressionist artists reacted to their complex personal and geo-political reality in West Berlin, in the shadow of the Cold War, through tactile, sensuous painting that offered a lively esthetic approach that did not spurn the excessiveness rejected in the preceding decades. Their paintings assimilated the bold color and formal elements of early 20th-century German Expressionism and of American Abstract Expressionism. The works are characterized by large formats, intense color, narrative, direct exposure of the self, provocativeness and seductiveness.





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November 15, 2010

Kunsthalle in Dresden Opens Exhibition of Works by German Artist Eberhard Havekost

Johan Thorn Prikker: Beyond Art Nouveau at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Rare Photographic Albums and Portfolios Break Records at Swann Galleries' Auction

Geert Mul and Maurer United Architects Transform Bus Stop into a Beacon for the Media Era

14th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show to be Held this Week at The Cyclorama

The Valencian Institute of Modern Art Presents Sculptures by Xavier Mascaro     

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Announces Details of Its Three Opening Exhibitions

Everson Presents Works by Artists from the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy

The Etchings of Etcher John Taylor Arms on View at the Chrysler Museum of Art

A Selection of Drawings and Paintings by Stephen Farthing at the Royal Academy of Arts

Delaware Art Museum Presents Ultra-Realistic Sculptures by Milwaukee-Based Artist Marc Sijan

Mark Moore Gallery Announced Its Permanent Relocation from Bergamot Station to Culver City

Babe Ruth Home Run Ball Goes for $264,500 at the Louisville Slugger Museum

The Power Plant Appoints Melanie O'Brian as New Curator of Programs

PHotoEspańa Announces Portfolio Reviews to be Held in Colombia and Nicaragua; Launch a New Online Curating Competition

DeCordova Announces Co-Curators for the 2012 Biennial: Associate Curator Dina Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman

"American Tapestry" Exhibition Tells 25 Stories through Collected Objects, Art

Celebrity Painter Rosson Crow and Motorcycles at the Contemporary Arts Center

November 14, 2010

Gemäldegalerie Celebrates 400th Anniversary of Caravaggio's Death with Exhibition

LACMA Announces First Ever Thematic Exhibition of Renowned American Sculptor David Smith

Explore The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Almost 500 Lots of Russian Art Included in the Russian Art Sale at Christie's

Major Alberto Vargas Retrospective Opens at the San Francisco Art Exchange

Site-Specific Wall Drawing Installation by Renowned Artist Pat Steir at Sue Scott Gallery

First Rank Exhibition Soberly Named Pointillism Opens at Artvera's in Geneva

Collection of 40 Rarely-Exhibited Abstract Prints by Jules Olitski at the Everson Museum of Art

First Retrospective of Designer Hella Jongerius at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Texas-Based Gaston & Sheehan Sells Spoils of Bernard Madoff's Lavish Life in New York

Contemporary Photographer Sally Mann's The Flesh and The Spirit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Curious George: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Oasis of Colour in Contemporary Aboriginal Painting at the Art Gallery of South Australia

New Drawings by Robert Morris at Sprüth Magers in Berlin

Poignant Reminder of Harsh Realities of WWI for Sale at Bonhams

Tropical Forest Diversity Increased During Ancient Global Warming Event

Chaired by Michael Portillo, Art Fund Prize Judging Panel Announced for 2011

Gagosian Opens a New Gallery in Geneva

Expert Handwriting Analysis Concludes "Secret Mark" Not a Forgery

Jesus Wasn't Born in Bethlehem, According to Biblical Scholar

November 13, 2010

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Unveils New $504 Million Art of the Americas Wing

Collection of American Furniture, Paintings and Works on Paper Acquired by the National Gallery

Sotheby's Announced It will to Offer Important Works on Behalf of the Beaverbrook Foundation

Bortolami Presents Its Second Solo Exhibition of Work by Israel-Born Artist Avner Ben-Gal

Artist David Hockney Applies Brush to Dog Bowls at Bonhams & Butterfields Auction

RISD Museum Showcases the Human Figure in Show About the Use of the Artist's Model Through Time

Most Comprehensive Exhibition of the Work of Thornton Dial to Premiere at the IMA in 2011

Exhibition of Outstanding Works on Paper from IVAM's Collection Opens in Valencia

80 Previously Unseen Works by Stephen Shore in First Exhibition in Berlin at Sprüth Magers

Gratz Family Portraits Reunited at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library

Exhibition Explores the Conceptual Process of British Installation Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Pot o' Gold: Family's Old Vase Fetches $83 Million at Small Suburban London Auction House

40-Year Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Tony May Opens at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Strong, Colorful Surreal Paintings by Philemona Williamson at June Kelly Gallery

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 Announces Art Public: 9 Public Art Works in Miami Beach

Neglect Threatens Many of Italy's Cherished Ruins

Metropolitan Museum to Undertake Major Redesign and Reconstruction of its Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza and Fountains

onedotzero and Wieden + Kennedy Announce 2011 Partnership

November 12, 2010

First Images of the Interior of Teotihuacan Tunnel Captured by Camera on Small Robot

Sotheby's to Offer the Rochefoucauld Grail: Witness of the Legend of King Arthur

London's Natural History Museum Urged to Stay Out of Isolated Latam Area

Spoils of Bernard Madoff's Lavish Life on Auction Block at a Manhattan Hotel this Saturday

International Shortlist for the Third Prix Pictet, World’s Leading Prize in Photography, Announced

Spectacular Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright Windows Lead Luxe Array of Fine Art at Morphy's

Chinese Emperor's Personal White Jade Dragon Seal Sells for £2.7 Million at Bonhams

Photographer Mick Rock's Images that Defined Rock n' Roll on View at Idea Generation Gallery

London Exhibition at Wellcome Collection Examines Centuries of Drug History

Masters of Photography Featured in Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand at Metropolitan Museum

Trunk Tells of the Leaving of Liverpool; New Acquisition a Reminder of Child Migrant Story

Nottingham Contemporary's First Year a Complete Success with Record Visitor Figures

Ancient Tablets Reveal Mathematical Achievements of Ancient Babylonian Culture

Exciting, Cutting-Edge Contemporary Video Installations at Philbrook Museum of Art

Hattie McDaniel's Personal Presentation Script from 'Gone with the Wind' on the Auction Block

Acclaimed Pop Artist Romero Britto and American Hero Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Launch an Artistic Vision for Reaching Mars

United Kingdom Government Art Reveals Ministers' Nostalgic Tastes

Ashwellthorpe Triptych to Go on Show at Norwich Cathedral

November 11, 2010

Pop! Christie's Sets New World Auction Record for Lichtenstein Achieving $42.6 Million

Exhibition Places New Acquisitions in the Context of MoMA's History of Collecting

$35 Million Andy Warhol Coke Bottle Lifts Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction

Metropolitan and Egypt Announce Initiative to Recognize Egypt's Title to Objects from Tut's Tomb

Alexander McQueen's Iconic Designs to be Celebrated in Spring 2011 at the Metropolitan

Legendary Souvenir Chess Piece from 1897 to be Offered at Christie's South Kensington

Winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize Announced at the National Portrait Gallery

Exceptional Group of Modern and Contemporary Artworks on Offer at artnet Auctions

One of Only 19 Fabergé Snuff-Boxes with Portrait of Emperor Nicholas II Offered by Christie's

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Announces Andrew J. Walker as Director Designate

Sotheby's Auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Brings £14 Million

Japanese Medicine Container Makes World Record in an International Sale at Bonhams

Sale of Modern and Contemporary Turkish Art at Antik A.S. in Istanbul Totals $ 10.2 Million

Curtain Closes on a Successful Abu Dhabi Art 2010

Two Artists Explore the Ruins of the 20th Century at the Hirshhorn

Ancient Temples Highlight Egyptian Lake Cruise

Disabled Veterans Memorial has DC Groundbreaking

Mark Polizzotti Named Publisher & Editor in Chief at Met Museum

National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Forge a New Partnership

November 10, 2010

Christie's Expects to Sell "Ordination" by Nicolas Poussin for £15 to £20 Million

Social Realist Artist Jack Levine Dies on Monday at New York City Home at Age 95

Schiele's 'Procession' Sells for euro4.4 Million at im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen GmbH Auction House

Ground Broken on Frank Gehry's $81 Million Underground Utility Space at Philadelphia Art Museum

Playwright Spalding Gray's Archive Acquired by University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center

Andy Warhol's "Men in Her Life" Sells for Over $63,000,000 at Phillips de Pury & Company Sale

Grand Rapids Art Museum Marks 100th Anniversary with Exhibition Diana, A Celebration

Marianne Boesky Gallery Opens First Exhibition of the Works of Alighiero Boetti

Sotheby's Announces Sales of Russian Paintings, Icons, Fabergé and Works of Art

Julien's Auctions Announces an Auction of "Icons & Idols" Memorabilia and Ephemera

Sotheby's to Offer For Sale The Celebrated Collection of Stuart Cary Welch

Andrew Gadd Further Develops His Themes of Isolation and Social Brutality at Agnew's Gallery

Sotheby's to Offer a Rare Interior of Furniture by French Art Deco Atelier Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Fire Damages Neil Young Memorabilia

Saint Louis Art Museum Accepts Major Gift of Japanese Prints from Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt

Portrait of Drury Lane's Best Known Lady Macbeth to Be Offered at Bonhams

French Design Phenom Patrick Jouin Makes His American Museum Debut at Museum of Arts & Design

Robert Wilson, Co-Founder of Jupiter Artland, Becomes Chair of Edinburgh Art Festival

Guercino's "King David" and "The Cumaean Sibyl with Putto" Displayed Together at the National Gallery

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1.- Roman Emperor Augustus' frescoed rooms unveiled for first time after years of restoration

2.- First stage of the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Adoration of the Magi' completed

3.- Hollywood actor and 'Conceptual artist' Shia LaBeouf runs around Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum

4.- Exhibition in Rome offers an original interactive journey to discover the city of Augustus

5.- Unique opportunity to see last two works by Rothko and Mondrian side by side

6.- Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz

7.- UNESCO seeks answers from Egypt on more than 4,600-year-old 'damaged' pyramid

8.- International Center of Photography announces new Collections Center and Media Lab at Mana Contemporary

9.- British Museum explores the image of the witch and demonised female figures from 1450 until 1900

10.- 'Transformations: Classical Sculpture in Colour' on view at the Glyptotek in Copenhagen



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