Tel Aviv

Tsibi Geva, Untitled, 2006, mixed media on canvas, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4".

Tsibi Geva, Untitled, 2006, mixed media on canvas, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4".

Tel Aviv

Tsibi Geva

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, POB 33288 The Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center
November 13, 2008–February 14, 2009

Curated by Hadas Maor

Since the early 1980s, Tsibi Geva has been interrogating the paradox-riven myths and national symbols that construct Israeli identity in an aesthetic language whose fidelity to abstraction is persistently problematized. Ready-made materials permeate the artist’s paintings, which sometimes expand beyond their ironic, gestural expressivity to become site-specific installations. This midcareer retrospective spanning the past twenty years will showcase some fifty works from Geva’s most significant series—“Keffiyeh,” “Terrazzo,” “Grids,” “Windows,” “Birds,” “Thorns,” and “Mountains”—in a genealogical approach that will illustrate their conceptual entwinement. A timely appraisal of this painter’s attempts to deconstruct the building blocks of Zionism as Israel turns sixty. The catalogue includes essays by curator Hadas Maor, critic Barry Schwabsky, and poet David Shapiro.