Israeli Painter Shatters Cultural Heroes' Image

Boyan include his take on familiar historical heroes like Napoleon, the Count of Monte Cristo and Don Quixote. A closer look shows the artist’s critical view of heroism and art.

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“The Balloon Catcher,” the Tel Aviv exhibition of the Bulgarian-born Israeli artist known as Boyan, features about 50 oil paintings on small pieces of plywood, hung in a gallery space with walls painted a bold...