The London based Israeli artist Maty Grunberg returns to NY with an overdue retrospective show covering four decades of his work:
Maty Grünberg, Selected Works 1966-2006
On View: March 7 – June 22, 2006
Included is a new environmental installation of panels printed from enlarged woodcuts in startling black and white that reveal Grünberg's formidable vision of this magical but chronically contentious city: the indigenous, venomous and benign wildlife from the coastal plain and the desert meet in Jerusalem at the height of the watershed line to be in turn predator or prey; insects, animals and birds such the poisonous locust, jackal, swallowtail butterfly, possum, scorpion, sparrow and preying mantis are portrayed as towering over Jerusalem's famous landmark buildings.
His early Paper Erosion dimensional works skillfully layer evocations of underwater and desert landscapes with opposing colors and geometrical forms.
"Black-Grey-White" (1978), a installation consisting of 21 parts, explores specific physical acts on the paper "from a dot to a complex", and the relationship between "all colour" and "non-colour".
"Blue Mountain Volume and Surface" (1981), a large work in six parts, deals with relationships among depths, heights, light, shadow and color.
Grünberg's work derives from ancestral and personal memory; his response to the gravitational pull of Jerusalem, Negev Desert and Red Sea; the enduring freshness of Biblical stories and his fascination for geometrical shapes and the manipulation of the power of opposites.
A retrospective catalogue covers 40 years of the distinctive work of this London based Israeli artist and sculptor.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum The Brookdale Center One West 4th Street New York 10012-1186 (Broadway and Mercer)
Select Saturdays, 10am-2pm (call for Saturday openings)
Admission: Photo ID required; Information: 212 824 2205
Contact: Rachel Litcofsky, 212-824-2205; firstname.lastname@example.org for information