Menashe Kadishman Puts Cottage Cheese Into His Art

Over the last few weeks, Menashe Kadishman has been painting paintings with cottage cheese as a central motif in response to the local consumer boycott of the product.

Daniel Rauchwerger
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Three new works by Menashe Kadishman - oils on canvas and a ready-made collage - which feature the artist's familiar sheep, have cottage cheese has a central motif. They are being exhibited at Jerusalem's King David Hotel, starting today, and will go on sale in two weeks or so for a starting price of NIS 18,000. The proceeds will go to the needy in the form of foodstuffs.

Over the last few weeks, the artist did the paintings as a response to the local consumer boycott of cottage cheese against the backdrop of rising prices for food, dairy products in particular.

The Jerusalem gallery and auction house Matsart is handling the sale and will exhibit the works alongside others to be auctioned at 7:30 P.M. today, including some 200 works by Israeli and international artists, in conjunction with Parisian auctioneer Millon. Approximately 30 percent of the items in the sale will be exhibited at the Hotel Drouot action house in Paris, as their import to Israel prior to purchase is problematic due to the recent changes in the customs laws.

Among other things on sale, are paintings by Camille Pissarro (valued at around a million euros ), Diego Giacometti and Karel Appel. There is also an Andy Warhol - a $2 bill on which the artist glued two stamps and signed across its length. This 1976 work is estimated to be worth $22,000. Lucien Krief, the founder and owner of Matsart Auctioneers, estimates the sale turnover will reach eight million euros.

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