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New Realism in Contemporary Israeli Painting-bookcover

By: David Graves

New Realism in Contemporary Israeli Painting

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Art today can be whatever one wants it to be: a rotting cadaver, a photograph of someone else’s photograph, a banana… In this post-modern age of post-truth, of social media and the selfie, when everyone has a high-resolution digital camera at their fingertips, one wonders what would possess a talented artist to sit for days, weeks, often months, to paint a portrait of a friend or a landscape of home. Today, a group of 20 or so remarkable painters have revived a fascinating style of realistic painting, and in Israel of all places, where realistic art has never played any significant role. Their brand of realism is not mundane photographic realism, but rather it is an intensified sort of realism, a kind of hyper-realism. This book offers an initial explanation as to what these artists are doing, and how they are doing it.

David Christopher Graves is a philosopher of art, residing and working in Tel Aviv, Israel. He teaches at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Graves is a fanatic amateur painter, with two solo exhibitions under his belt. He has been following this outstanding group of artists for over a decade, and remains in close contact with them still.

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