(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
If you’re interested in Israeli art, visit the Amalia Arbel Gallery, currently
hosting a free exhibition showcasing the works of 13 contemporary Israel-based
artists. ‘Art in the Namal’ opened August 6, and includes the work of
photographers, painters and sculptors with various artistic approaches and with
no unifying theme.
“Every artist gets his wall,” says Babylone El-Baze,
curator of the show.
“There is no required subject, so the artists have
freedom and their own specific styles.”
The show is part of a series of
exhibitions organized by El-Baze under the auspices of Babylone Art, an
organization she founded for the purpose of promoting Israeli artists, both at
home and abroad. Other than shows in Israel, the organization has taken
exhibitions to Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland, and published several
books, showing the work of member artists. As she does not have a regular
gallery, El-Baze refers to her exhibitions as traveling “nomad galleries.” The
Amalia Arbel Gallery was selected because of its location in an area with high
tourist traffic.Jerusalem Post
photographer Marc Israel Sellem is one
of the artists featured in the exhibition. He says he appreciates the
opportunity to be involved in the group effort, because as an individual, it
would be much more difficult to get his pictures shown.
“You can have
good artists, but they cannot show their work because it is very expensive,”
Thus, the artists active in Babylone Art pool their resources to
rent gallery space and promote their own exhibitions. Ultimately, the goal is,
of course, to sell their works.
Artists participating in the show
include: Aljandro Fefer, Ami Carmi, Beatrice Ben Maor, Marc Israel Sellem, Denis
Chetboune, Dvori Silverberg, Einat Maor, Larisa Kuperstein, Madeleine Testyler,
Mezan Yeroham, Rodica Rabinovici, Sigal Lenz and Victor Franco. El-Baze, a
photographer, also has some of her pieces included in the exhibition. The
artists come from a number of countries including Mexico, France, Russia and
Brazil, reflecting the melting pot that is Israeli society.
“What I like
about the work is that there are many different artists, coming from many
directions, and each one has a specificity of his own,” explains
“I think it is a very interesting show – both abstract and
Art in the Namal runs through August 18 at the Amalia Arbel
Gallery, 3 Shaar Zion Street, Tel Aviv. For more info contact (03) 544-4399 or