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Landscape of Longing: Avraham Ofek's Early and Late WorksMarch 15, 2007-June 23, 2007
Location: Dr. Julius and Hilde Merzbacher Galleries for Israeli Art
Artist: Avraham Ofek
Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn
Avraham Ofek's early paintings contained portrayals of landscape that were at once lyrical and rugged; later in his career, most depictions of the landscape appeared as undefined and receded into the background. Near the end of his life, however, the actual landscape of Jerusalem returned to assume an important role in Ofek's work, this time embodied in images that reflect the loss and despair that engulfed the artist. Many of Ofek's landscapes are laden with a sense of alienation and solitude, as well as nostalgia for the city of his birth, Sofia. The exhibition features some seventy paintings and drawings, and focuses on the artist's early landscapes of the 1950s and their relationship to those painted closer to the time of his death in 1990.