Nanhum Tevet/MACRO, Take Two, 2005
Nahum Tevet (1946), an Israeli artist who live and works in Tel Aviv, has selected for his one-man show, organised at the Panorama Rooms by MACRO, a series of works set apart by the use of wood: two large installations, Untitled 1995-96 and Take Two, plus a number of wall works.
The art selected traces the key stages in Tevet’s artistic development, a path marked by a continual reformulation of the inhabited space.
Tevet explores the territory where contemporary art and architecture intersect, creating complex structures from minimal designs. The apparently chaotic assemblies, made from pieces of furniture and of materials treated with coloured paint, appear unstable, though, in reality, they are built in accordance with rigorous principles of geometry.
From his initial work in the 70’s and 80’s, focused on the expression and rational transposition of the assembly logic, Tevet gradually moved on to the creation of large-scale installations, in which the observer can note a number of starting points for the creation of the artist’s subjective journey through the imagine sections of the structures brought into being.
The sculptures have “bounds”: they are always physical objects that can be encountered, another object in the world, and one of the things I try to do is change an object that is present, real and tangible into a fact that carries you away from this physical dimension, from the place in which you find yourself, while proposing an alternative site and reality (Nahum Tevet).
The installations consist of multiple junctures, as if they were labyrinths, with a series of suggested starting points that provide perspectives and paths of flight which are never the same. Found along this exploratory quest are familiar materials and components, intimate spots that personalise the experience inside of the common space. Indeed, the crux of Tevet’s searching is the relative positioning of the work of art and the individual within the collective space.
Nahum Tevet was born in the Massilot Kibbutz in Israel, in 1946. He lives and works in Tel Aviv.
He has taken part in international events, such as the 8th Documenta in Kassel, in 1987, the 22nd San Paolo Biennale, in 1994 and the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He has created personal projects for the world’s leading galleries (Paris, Jerusalem, New York and Zurich), and important one-man shows have been held on his work by leading international museums: the Kunsthalle of Mannheim in 1986, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1991, the MUMOK of Vienna in 1997, the Chapelle des Jésuites of Nîmes in 1998 and the Israeli Museum of Jerusalem in 1976, 1984 and 2007. The MACRO, or Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, is holding a one-man show on the artist in 2008.
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