Ayelet ben Dor painting 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Just in case we weren’t entirely sure of the extent of artistic endeavor in Tel
Aviv and its environs, next week the metropolis’s painters, sculptors and visual
artists will fling their studio doors open and get their work out onto the
This year’s Loving Art Making Art Festival (September 8-10), the
10th edition of the annual event organized by the Arts Department of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, encompasses more than 60 galleries and 240 artists, as
well as museums and other exhibition spaces – permanent as well enlisted
specially for the occasion.
There will be three open-air exhibitions – on
Gordon Street, in the Lev Tel Aviv area in the center of the city and on Yehuda
Hayamit Street in Jaffa – and some multidiscipline slots at the Tel Aviv Port.
All the indoor and outdoor exhibition venues are free.
Edna Mosenson, who is responsible for the outdoor shows, has experience in the
different aspects of the decade-long artistic project.
“I used to be the
curator of the Tel Aviv Museum, and I have always appreciated Loving Art Making
Art,” she notes, adding that the event has developed appreciably over the years.
“At first it was just called Loving Art and, over the years, they added “Making
Art.” Loving Art alludes to the start of the new art exhibitions season, with
the various studios and galleries open until late, till 11 p.m., to allow as
many people as possible to get an idea of what the arts scene is up to. There
are also exhibition openings in the evenings. It’s an impressive way to
kick-start the season,” she says.
The Loving Art part of the event,
explains Mosenson, will take place on Thursday. The second part of the title
will get going on Friday and Saturday.
“That’s when the artists open
their studio doors to the public and allow them to see them creating works,
actually ‘making art.’ It’s an opportunity to not just see the finished product
as it is exhibited in the museum or gallery but also to get a glimpse of how the
works are created, to visit the studios and talk to the artists
It is an approach which, says Mosenson, has paid dividends
over the years. “The public has shown that it enjoys meeting and talking with
the artists, and the artists enjoy having direct contact with
Mosenson says that Loving Art Making Art has also helped to
cement Tel Aviv’s place at the epicenter of the national artistic map. “The
event reflects the fact that Tel Aviv has become the bustling capital of the
arts in Israel. There are many studios and excellent artists around the
Each year new exhibition spaces and studios open up. There is also
the highly intriguing phenomenon of arts students completing their studies and
renting studios near each other. That has given rise to the creation of arts
compounds, which generates interesting dialogue among the artists and between
the artists and the public. That’s an important mutually nutritious
relationship. The key word here is ‘dialogue.’” The curator is also enthused
about the outdoor exhibitions and events in her care at this year’s festival. “I
thought it was important to have something on Gordon Street. You know, that used
to be a major center of art galleries, from the 1950s until the studios started
moving to the south of Tel Aviv. But some of the veteran places are still there,
and some new galleries have begun opening on and near the street. It is
important to support this revitalization and note the area’s contribution to art
in Tel Aviv, and indeed the whole country.”
There will also be some
musical works at the Tel Aviv Port, incorporating suitably urban phenomena of
some now outlawed leaf blowers and several municipal cranes that are usually
used to raise workers to a suitable height for replacing street lamp bulbs and
for pruning trees that intrude on the city’s thoroughfares.
Loving Art Making Art is a wonderful event, and I’m happy to say it seems to
have sparked similar events in places like Jerusalem and Bat Yam. Jerusalem has
the Menofim event, which is also very impressive,” states Mosenson. “Artists
take a lot of encouragement from showing their works and getting feedback from
the public, and the public needs art. Loving Art Making Art is the
perfect vehicle for facilitating that.”
For more information about the
Loving Art Making Art Festival: (03) 724- 0870-1 and www.tel-aviv.gov.il