PRINT Summer 1979

Seven Artists of Israel

THE CURRENT TRAVELING EXHIBITION called “Seven Artists in Israel: 1948–1978” is notably pretextual, binding together artists diverse in national and artistic patrimony, and in age, because they worked in the same country at overlapping times. Nonetheless, six of the seven artists do share a matrix of influences—a matrix not national, as the exhibition title implies, but international.

Despite its generally excellent offerings, the Los Angeles show is somewhat disappointing in its presentation of Joseph Zaritsky (b. 1891). The works shown have their merits, but his wonderful watercolors of the 1920s are missing. Curatorially, the context demanded that current work be shown. Yet anyone familiar with the earlier watercolors is bound to miss them, although the disappointment is somewhat offset by the evidence of a continuing, if fallen off, vitality.

Those early works are remarkable indeed. Some

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