Izhar Patkin (photo: Yanai Yechiel)
Provocative and fearless artist Izhar Patkin discusses his exhibition, The Wandering Veil, with writer and curator David Ross on Saturday, January 18, at 2pm. The talk is expected to cover politics and the role of narrative, symbolism and representation in art today.
In The Wandering Veil, on view in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery space, Patkin has created a ghostly virtual city filled with personal narrative, political metaphor and myth, highlighting many of the formal innovations the artist has pioneered over three decades. The heart of the exhibition is “Veiled Threats,” a maze-like series of cinematic, mural-size paintings on tulle fabric inspired by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s writings on memory, loss, love and exile.
Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1955, Izhar Patkin first gained recognition for his innovative approach in the mid-’80s with “The Black Paintings,” a series of white ink paintings on black rubber curtains. Patkin has exhibited extensively, most recently at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. His work may be found in the collections of numerous prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
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