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Menashe Kadishman

Nohra Haime Gallery

Working with cutout forms—an approach that has attracted talents as diverse as Julio González, Henri Matisse, and Alexander Calder—veteran Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman employs the Modernist idea of sculpture as drawing in space.

The cutout brings together Kadishman’s interests in the mediums of sculpture, drawing, and painting. Cutting and bending thin sheets of steel into fantastic human and animal forms, he creates small-scale compositions characterized by his signature expressionistic style in which boldly simplified anatomies and gestural contours are strikingly pictorial. A consummate storyteller, Kadishman charged each imagistic tableau with strong narrative qualities. Among the themes explored were the myth of Prometheus, the biblical tale of the sacrifice of Isaac, and the subject of birth.

Birth is a topic well suited to Kadishman’s elemental view of life, and he subjects this

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