Elie Shamirportrait of a man
The painter Elie Shamir was born in 1953 in the village Kfar Yehoshua, studied at Bezalel, and participated in many exhibitions in Israel and abroad. This exhibition centers on Shamir’s work dealing with his birthplace. After years spent in Jerusalem and Boston, Shamir returned to the village in 1999 and resettled there, as the third generation of the place’s founders. The issue of place is present with great force and complexity in Shamir’s work; aspects of this issue pertain, among others, to that tangled knot which is tied and unraveled throughout the generations between the Jew and the land, between the immigrant and the native-born, between the local Arab and the Hebrew pioneer and his vision, between the farmer and his field. The clumps of earth in Shamir’s paintings are placed on geological strata charged with biblical past, with primeval culture, with Zionist history, with socio-economic ideology, with artistic tradition but also with his own personal family story. Kfar Yehoshua is both a personal, specific case of an agriculturBorn 1953, Kfar Yehoshua, Israel Education 1981 BFA, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem 1996 MA, Based on exhibitions and publications Selected Group Exhibition 1986 "The First Line", Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Ein Harod. "International Festival of Paintings, Cagne Sur Mer, France 1987 "Visiting Card", The Gallery of the Art Department., Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem "Abraham's Sacrifice"'או "Sacrifice of Isaacin Israeli Art" The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan 1988 "Fresh Paint", Tel Aviv Museum of art, Tel Aviv "Portrait of a City"', Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa "Prints", Meimad Gallery, Tel Aviv 1989 "New Acquisitions", Tel Aviv Museum of art, Tel Aviv "New Acquisitions", Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa "Via Maris", Bat Yam Museum "International Biennale of Prints", Ljublijana, Yugoslavia 1990 "Winter Exhibition", Different Angle Gallery, Boston 1991 "Winter Exhibition", Different Angle Gallery, Boston 1993 "Locus", Contemporary Art from Israel, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los-Angeles, California 1996, "Portraits", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 1997 "Family Stories", Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv 1998 "Earth", Israel Museum, Youth Wing, Jerusalem "Four Artists", Daphna Na'or Gallery, Jerusalem "The Gallery Artists", Ice Gallery, NY 1999 "90 Years to Tel Aviv", Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv "Voice of Respect, Yanko Dada Museum, Ein Hod 2000, "Teachers' Exhibition", Gallery at Oranim Academic College for Education, Kiriat Tivon 2001 "Reshamim, Contemporary Drawings in Israel", Artists House, Jerusalem. "Landscapes", Potsdam – Israel, Villa Grenzenlos, Potsdam, Germany "A State's Portrait", Star Gallery, Boston 2002 Opening of the mosaic site to commemorate the Architect Richard Kauffman, Kfar Yehoshua, Jezreel Valley "Portraits", Tel Aviv Museum of art, Tel Aviv "Focus on Paintings", Haifa Museum of art, Haifa 2003 "Water", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Youth Wing, Tel Aviv "Shivat Tzion…", Zman Leomanut, Tel Aviv "Die Hebräer", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 2006 Winners of the Culture and Education Ministry award, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 2007 The Museum's Collection Exhibition, Tel Aviv Museum of art, Tel Aviv 2008 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London 2009 “The Rebels”, Ofakim Hadashim Gallery, Ofakim “Constellation-Israeli Contemporary Art”, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Rome “As is”, Vittoriano Museum, Rome
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