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Art goes wild in Tel Aviv
Posted By Karin Kloosterman On March 15, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Visual Arts | No Comments
The edgier side of Tel Aviv’s young and dynamic art scene reflects the creative vibrancy of Israelis. This scene will come to life at Art Year 2012.
The city declared this yearlong event especially to honor the opening of the new Herta and Paul Amir Building for Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The fluid schedule will hinge on a few main events, but will continue showcasing Israeli art and performing arts throughout the year.
Adi Yekutieli, the director of Art Year, thinks that art is Israel’s best export. Yekutieli says that art is about possibilities — especially in a region so often portrayed negatively by international media.
“It presents a different possibility to discuss Israel with people that are interacting with an international audience,” he says.
“Art comes from a place of reflecting or expressing. It is not dogmatic like politics, but presents a very human insight to Israel and to the artists. Art in a way always reflects reality. When [the Israeli] dance troupe Batsheva goes to dance abroad, they represent a very different kind of conversation, a very active culture, an international kind of language.”
Yekutieli says there will be a conference on art and business, which will give artists useful information about making art a career that can also pay the bills.
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