The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Exhibition of works spanning from 1970-2012 by Pinchas Cohen Gan on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Cohen Gan’s consistent and innovative demarches, which are shown in this exhibition and expressed in the many books he has published, distinguish him as one of the most important and original artists ever active in Israel.
TEL AVIV.- “Art is a psychical event that is subject to intellectual patterns”, Pinchas Cohen Gan wrote in 1982, so it is not surprising that for his current exhibition he chose a title that juxtaposes tears with redemption. Cohen Gan has never barred the poetic and the emotional from the verbal channels of his art, while at the same time abstaining from any sentimentality in its visual channels. This abstinence is discernible mainly in the human figure that has characterized his work from its outset; in the low-tech everyday materials he makes use of, and in the raw and direct design. But here Cohen Gan performs a miracle: in his work a schematic figure, which lacks actuality, does not arouse empathy, does not project subjectivity or release even a thread’s end of emotion, nonetheless accumulates an affinity to all that is meaningful and heart-rending in its human fragility.

The Cohen-Ganian figure plays a leading role in this exhibition, and is a connecting link among all its display spaces – from the first space, which presents the first forms of its crystallization in his works from the ’70s, to the last space, which displays works Cohen Gan created a few months ago, in July 2012. Cohen Gan’s focus, however, is first and foremost systemic: the point of departure of his investigations is not a subject or theme, and their outcome is certainly never a single art object (even though each of his works is clearly a work in its own right), and this quality is already discernible in his conceptual works from the early ’70s. At times Cohen Gan presents a real formula, in which the signs are mathematical, enjoying the discovery of simplifying a complex system into a clearly legible skeletal formulation – but we are also speaking about series of works or clusters of series that connect with one another on principles of systems from the fields of science, morality, belief, culture, linguistics, and the art language.

Cohen Gan’s consistent and innovative demarches, which are shown in this exhibition and expressed in the many books he has published, distinguish him as one of the most important and original artists ever active in Israel. Cohen Gan was one of the pioneers of awareness of the structured nature of the concepts of spatiality and identity, on the basis of a central event in his biography – the experience of being uprooted from his birthplace, the city of Meknes in Morocco, when he was five, and the journey to Israel via Marseille. The chronological route of the exhibition begins with the conceptual actions he executed in the early ’70s; continues through the crystallization of the human figure that is typical of his work, as one of the path breakers for what in the late ’70s would be called the “New Image”; and concludes with recent works that explore the tensions between art history (and myth) and the development of science, and between Christianity (and Western culture) and “Jewish art”. The skeletal structure of the exhibition is stabilized around a spinal cord of constitutive works and series, artist books among them, in display spaces that open into one another and that are arranged in chronological order.

The exhibition is accompanied by two books published simultaneously for the occasion by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: a new artist book, The Book of Activities, Concepts and Objects, 1970-2000, and the exhibition catalogue, When My Redemption Comes I Shall Treasure My Tears, which offers broad surveys of Cohen Gan’s artistic path: of the art language he has developed and of the way he has shaped the story of his life.

For more than four decades Pinhas Cohen Gan has pursued a fascinating course in both his life and his work, through the power of renewal and the meaning of artistic creation. “The profession of art is the most ancient in the world,” Cohen Gan has stated. “To absorb and understand it, and particularly the profession of painting – that’s a very slow process. But when art is absorbed in a culture it becomes an inseparable part of Mendeleev’s table of elements.



Today's News

January 4, 2013

Ancient papers discovered by chance in a cave two years ago shed light on Jewish life

Paintings hidden beneath Tudor portraits revealed through new National Portrait Gallery research

Ellsworth Kelly's series of colored paper images featured in exhibition at National Gallery of Art

Sotheby's New York Old Masters Week will be held from 29 January to 2 February 2013

Bozar Expo to present leading figures of European art: Neo Rauch, Antoine Watteau and Francis Bacon

Exhibition exploring 1,500 years of Buddhist art in Thailand opens at the Asian Civilisations Museum

From Victimage to Liberation: Works from the 1980s & 1990s by Nancy Spero opens at Galerie Lelong

Asheville Art Museum debuts two important exhibitions remembering the history of Nazi Germany

Bonhams to sell silver model of Bromley church made for renowned Kent gent

It's 'cash only' now for tourists at the Vatican; not yet complied with safeguards against money laundering

Exhibition of works spanning from 1970-2012 by Pinchas Cohen Gan on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Five free things to see and do in Lisbon: The port city on Europe's southwestern edge

Being Here: Recent work by several artists on view in group exhibition at Tim Van Laere Gallery

2013 program kicks off with cosmic light and energy show on Times Square billboards

Peru moving to protect fossils from car race

Stephen Pusey: A Way of Ending and Beginning to open at Guided By Invoices

Swedish artist Håkan Bengtsson exhibits at Galleri Lars Olsen in Copenhagen

Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site