On Tuesday, June 13 a new exhibition – Shamelessly Painting in 2006 – was opened in Barbur.
Artists participating in the show:
Amnon Ben Ami,
Nomi Bruckmann and
Nearly ten years ago, an artist whose work would be most described as conceptual once invited me to meet his students. He asked me in front of them what was my consciousness, as someone for whom painting is the center of artmaking. I answered that we—artists like that—are the ones who, when they said that you are not supposed to paint, were at that moment in the bathroom.
There have been changes in attitudes about painting in the twenty-seven-and-a-half years that I have lived in Israel. There was once only one permissible reading of “contemporary art”. If young people painted at all it was with an intellectualized and apologetic sense. “I apologize that I am painting, and I apologize that you have to look at it.” The profundity of the change that has taken place since then is such that now you can find at major venues paintings by young artists that promise to stir the heart of an interior decorator.
All the same there are folks for whom painting has always been a vehicle of art. We are still here. I immodestly present several of them in this exhibit: Shamelessly Painting in 2006. It is also not by chance that this is a Jerusalem exhibit. There is a statement that Jerusalem has something to say in art, and I have only thanks for the members of Barbur, who have provided the platform for that statement.
Pesach Slabosky, curator of the show
Some images from the exhibition:
Meir Appelfeld Nomi Bruckmann
Amnon Ben Ami Pesach Slabosky