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Nahum Tevet, Untitled #5, 1972, paper, binder clips, twine, staples, plastic tape, masking tape, transparent tape, and wax pencil on glass, 17 1/4 × 19 3/4 × 1/2".

Nahum Tevet

Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College

Nahum Tevet, Untitled #5, 1972, paper, binder clips, twine, staples, plastic tape, masking tape, transparent tape, and wax pencil on glass, 17 1/4 × 19 3/4 × 1/2".

Born on a kibbutz in 1946, Nahum Tevet was by his midtwenties an ascendant figure in Israeli art. This exhibition surveyed twenty-six of his works on glass—virtually the entirety of this subtle body of work—produced between 1972 and 1975. The informative catalogue by Thierry de Duve, the exhibition’s curator, explains that, in the forty years since their creation, a few of these works have been lost, a few repaired, while others are not on glass at all but rather are on Plexiglas.

To create the works, Tevet taped, pinned, clipped, or otherwise adhered translucent papers, cardboard rectangles, and an occasional postcard to the transparent grounds. His curious pencil drawings, kin to Dubuffet’s art brut markings, are also often part of the mix. In many cases, these layers are held in place by small binder clips, the fold-back handles of which are frequently tied together

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