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Avner Katz: “I Have Already Been”

    March 4 2021 - October 17 2021
  • Curator: Orna Granot
  • Designer: Shirly Yahalomi
  • Israeli Art galleries
Artist: Avner Katz

The creativity of Avner Katz (1939–2020) rested firmly on three pillars: illustration, painting, and writing. And each one supported the other, adding to the remarkable diversity of Katz’s distinctive work. The exhibition presents self-portraits that feature text and image in varying doses. Seen together, they enrich our understanding of the man and his unusual art: a writer who painted pictures and a painter who wrote metaphors.

In these very personal paintings, drawings, and illustrations, Katz – a storyteller to the depth of his soul – offers humorous, ironic statements through clever counterpoints of word and picture.

At the heart of the exhibition is a series of daily self-portraits that Katz created over a year as he approached his 80th birthday. These are sober appraisals in which he scrutinized himself, old age, and the transience of life. Each portrait contributes to an epic creation, a new summit in his artistic journey. Avner Katz died a year and a half after completing the series, which now stands as a visual chronicle of a life lived and a death foretold.



Exhibition made possible by
Donors to the Museum's Exhibition Fund:
Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff
Hanno D. Mott, New York
The Nash Family Foundation, New York
The Hagit Lalo née Shtriet Memorial Fund,
in honor of Avishai Yehonatan Friedman (1966-2020), who looked life straight 
in the eye with humor, creativity, and, above all, love