Art in the Internet Age

From art for the search-engine generation to Israel’s culture wars − a look ahead to exhibition openings this weekend.

The name of a new art exhibition opening tonight in Tel Aviv − “Search Engine” − reflects a behavior pattern that has been prevalent since the birth of the Internet.
But the works chosen for the “Search Engine” exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art were actually created in more classical art forms − painting, photography and sculpture − in order to provide a stronger illustration of our complex relationship with the virtual world.

The chosen art forms also represent something of a break with the center’s manifesto, which usually favors the advancement of video art and new media.
The choice of classical art forms, rather than video and new media, in which the use of search engines and the virtual space is more common, is deliberate, and behind it lies the idea of presenting a tension between the fields.

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“We looked for works that contain labor-intensive and obsessive activities including cutting and sewing, dismantling and reassembly, whether in painting or photography,” explains Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, a young and prominent curator who has curated a number of exhibitions at Tel Aviv’s Spaceship gallery among others. The “Search Engine” exhibition was curated jointly by Cohen-Schneiderman and Sergio Edelsztein. 

New Exhibitions

Thursday night

Hamidrasha Gallery, 34 Dizengoff St., Tel Aviv. This evening is the launch of a solo exhibition by Guy Ben-Ari, entitled “The Time Element,” curated by Boaz Arad.

Indie Gallery, 57 Yehuda Halevy St., Tel Aviv. “Mishloach Manot,” a collaborative group exhibition of the gallery and the international curatorial studies program of the Seminar Hakibbutzim College, opens this evening. On display at the exhibition, curated by Yael Ravid and Gali Faber, are works by Eyal Pinkas, Sarah Levisvili, Sivan Blecher, Yaara Oren and a “secret artist.” The exhibition will be open only this weekend.

Tzadik Gallery, 16 Shimon Hatzadik St., Jaffa. The exhibition “Every Mother Needs a Daughter,” by Paula Elion, opens. In her paintings Elion deals with the complex relationship between mothers and daughters.

Gottesman Etching Center, Kibbutz Cabri. A new exhibition of etchings is opening ‏(without special opening events‏). Works by David Adika, Uri Gershuni, Shahar Marcus and Alex Kremer, who all create their works at the center’s workshop, will be among those on display.


Beit Abba Hushi, 17 Abba Hillel Silver St., Haifa. A fund-raising exhibition of painting, sculpture and ceramics by autistic adults from Haifa will open.

Tziurim Gallery, Kibbutz Urim. A group exhibition by kibbutz artists, including sculpture, painting, photography, computerized drawing, an installation and more opens.


Stern Art Gallery, 30 Gordon St., Tel Aviv. At noon a solo exhibition by artist Sharon Rashbam Prop opens, curated by Debby Luzia.

Ronit Yanizki Studio, gallery for contemporary art at Givat Hashlosha. At noon artist Ronit Yanizki will open a new exhibition of her work, entitled “Delusions of Grandeur.”

Julie M. Gallery, 10 Bezalel Yaffe St., Tel Aviv. At 8 P.M. a solo exhibition by Deganit Berest, winner of the 2012 Rappaport Prize for an established Israeli painter, opens. The exhibition, entitled “A Poem by Tadeusz Rozewicz” is composed of new works created in tribute to the Polish poet.

Kiryat Tivon Commemorative Center gallery. “Sirius,” a solo exhibition by Ella Littwitz, will open at noon. The exhibition, curated by Tali Cohen Garbuz, deals with individual memory and a search for traces of the Yom Kippur War from a distance of years by means of photography, video and objects.

Janco Dada Museum, Ein Harod. At noon five solo exhibitions will open − “Five to Seven” by Uri Gil, “Five Frames Per Second” by Elham Rokni, “Dead End” by Noga Elhasid and Halit Mandelblit, “Faarina” by Danny Sessler, and “Birth” by Anna Witt.

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Galeria al Hatzuk, 19 Hamaapilim St., Netanya. “Get Up!” a solo exhibition by Maya Gelfman, opens at 7:30 P.M, curated by Maya Kashvitz.

Gallery conversations

Hezi Cohen Gallery, 54 Wolfson, St., Tel Aviv. On Friday at noon there is a gallery conversation with artists Nir Harel and Uri Radovan, whose work is currently being exhibited there.

Kayama Gallery, 26 Ben Dosa St., Jaffa. There will be a gallery discussion at noon on Friday with a large number of participants, including Gilad Ophir, Tomer Azulay, Liat Elbling and Ilan Dotan, as well as a poetry reading with Yehuda Vizen, Oded Carmeli and Amir Menasheof.

Givon Gallery, 35 Gordon St., Tel Aviv. On Saturday at noon there is a gallery discussion with Sigalit Landau at her "Angel Laundry” exhibition.

Haifa Museum of Art, 35 Shabtai Halevy St. There is a meeting with artist Erez Israeli at 6 P.M. on Tuesday.

Israel Museum, 11 Rupin St., Jerusalem. A gallery discussion with curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan will take place on Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. at the exhibition “Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania.” On Wednesday at 11 A.M. curators Talia Amar and Amitai Mendelsohn will moderate a meeting and discussion at the “Magic Lantern” exhibition.