Yoram Kaniuk: The Mona Lisa From Hess Street

Renowned photographer Iris Nesher was seeking a cultural icon for a new project. The result of her surprising encounter is an exhibition at the Museum of Israeli Art.

Two years ago author Yoram Kaniuk, who is 82 today, was at the height of a comeback. He had one best-seller after another, a local television mini-series and a well-regarded Hollywood film were produced based on his writings, and he finally received various honors and remunerative literary prizes. Young admirers of his books joined his veteran fans, his tumultuous life story was told to an admiring media, and...