Nahum Tevet

Israel Museum

Nahum Tevet lives and works in Tel Aviv, “the white city,” which is in the midst of a construction boom even as areas are deteriorating. His work reflects the quintessence of the city—its light and its air, and above all its indomitability. Despite the title of the current exhibition, “Works, 1994–2006,” the show begins with a key work from 1976 (though reworked in 2006), Pages from a Catalogue (Cézanne), 14 Times 81 x 65 cm, which gives a two-dimensional introduction to what lies ahead. Its monochromatic (off-white), De Stijl–like system of forms creates a tension that is repeated time and again throughout the exhibition, alerting us to the fact that Tevet’s sculpture derives from painting. His repetitive arrays of geometric objects resemble vocabularies of shapes arranged within the confines of a space, where they readdress their visual associations thanks to their recontextualization.

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