Monday, November 07, 2016

Egypt in Origami

I went to see the fantastic "Pharaoh in Canaan" exhibit now up at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, which is both a historical-archeological show and a display of fine art, zeroing in on the period when ancient Egypt was the administrative power in the land where I'm living now. That was 3600 to 3200 years ago: a period that overlaps the Biblical account of the Exodus, with the two stories not always jiving happily.

What a wealth of forms and images are in this show! with “Canaanites” and “Egyptians” stereotypically depicted in the papyrus art, and the ceramic, stone and metal products of each culture and their cross-influences here. Also on display is the steele with the oldest Egyptian inscription where the name of “Israel” has been found, so far (circa 1209 BCE). It boasts, in reference to one of

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Hana Hertsman

This work is in honor of Hana Hertsman, Managing Director of the Municipality of Holon, and Israel's premier builder of museums and cultural institutions in her city:  the envy, and object of emulation, of other towns here and abroad.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

'Bela', by Saadya Sternberg
at the "Paper Creatures" exhibit, Jaffa Museum

I'm just back from the opening of "Paper Creatures" at the Jaffa Museum.  Many magnificent works there (about half origami) and much to think about--it will take me several days to ponder it all.  For the time being here is an unsorted preview of the few things I have decent photos of.

Meanwhile--I have pieces in this exhibition too, which if they do not lower the average level, certainly do not lead the works in it. As a place-keeper I'll just post here the text I wrote a few months ago that's meant to go with my display.

Aviva Green (till October 15, 2016)

If you care about high art--not just in its origami forms--and you like great splashing colors--and just happen to be in New York City this month----may I suggest that you RUN to see Aviva Green's  "Clouds, Canyons and Waterways", a show of paintings at Kenkeleba House.
 (Wilmer Jennings Gallery,  219 East 2nd Street @ Avenue B, East Village, 212 674-3939).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Smiles of a Summer Night

Saadya Sternberg, "Chinese Smile"

I have Ilan Garibi's "Paper Creatures" exhibit (upcoming at the Jaffa Museum--more on that soon), to thank for getting me back into the origami swing of things. This post's series of wetfolded cuties are not actually in the exhibit but are some of the later products of that swing -- which is ongoing.  Smiles, S