Brick Lane Gallery

Israeli group exhibiting artists
in co-operation and with the support of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli Embassy in UK
September 30 – October 13, 2014
The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
Curator: Lev Kiperman/Israel


The Enigmatic Abstract

Abstract art is a newcomer to art history. Kandinsky, a member of the Blue Rider movement, is credited with its emergence as an accepted genre, after publishing a theory on a possible interpretation of abstraction in his book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Mondrian continued in the same vein, but the real breakthrough and true acceptance of the genre came from North America, where abstract art reigned supreme for a very long time.

Over the years, this artistic style knew many definitions: Lyrical Abstraction, Geometric Abstraction, Expressionism, etc. Understanding abstract art is different, enigmatic. Observers can never know for sure if they have fully grasped the meaning behind the art. Such a genre allows for many and varied interpretations, and always keeps us wondering as to the deeper layers hidden in the abstract work.

Its charm stems mainly from these endless possibilities. Its depth and breadth are as deep and wide as the beholder's.

The present exhibition encompasses an array of the best in Israel’s contemporary abstract art: a reaches of styles and colors; a plethora of artists and their private worlds, translated into a public artistic expression; a magical vitality of souls, shimmering in a mist of enchanting colors. The Israeli rhythm of life is almost tangible, the bright Mediterranean colors palpable. The final stage of the artwork is the dialogue with observers, in hopes of deciphering the true spirit of the artist, of communicating non-verbally, of projecting and receiving ideas, feelings and emotions.

Hana Barak Engel


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