Yifat Bezalel


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Year 2020
Medium Gold leaf, ink, and watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

This drawing of Cecilia is the first of a series named The women who cannot reach love, dealing with women that live their life with a special resolution, having to emigrate from their own heart to feel protected.

Simone de Beauvoir wrote to Lanzmann: “Tu es mon premier amour absolu, celui qu’on ne connaît qu’une fois ou jamais” (You are my first absolute love, the one we know only once or never).

About the artist:

Born 1975 Tel Aviv, Yifat Bezalel lives and works in Tel Aviv. Graduated from BFA at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2002).

Throughout a two-decade journey, Bezalel has established a unique practice of superimposed semi-transparent layers of figurative and realistic images to create surreal settings, pencil drawings which are erased as they are drawn. Her large-format drawings are often part of fragile installations, combined with video works and sculptures.

Bezalel’s practice is inspired by wanders in theological-philosophical fields. Jewish culture charges me with an abstract form at once primary and supreme. Renaissance sculptures and drawings provide me with narrative aesthetics, I turn them into my private mediators, revelling in their beauty.

Her works are in public and private collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank Art Collection, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; and Wirth Private Collection, Hauser & Wirth gallery, London.

Selected exhibitions include Drawing a New World, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London(2019); Women in Dialogue, Alys Tomlinson and Yifat Bezalel, Duc in Altum, Magdala (2019); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2019); Another world, Charity Postcard sale curated by Tracy Emin, Deutsche Bank Lounge, Frieze Art Fair, London (2018); Tehila, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art (2017-2018); A Pit Talk, artgenève art fair, Geneva (2014); Motherless, Drawing Now art fair, Paris (2013); Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale (2013); Alice in Wonderland, Tate Liverpool, touring to Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto and Kunsthalle Hamburg (2011-2012); Conclusion of a Timeless Tale, VIDA Museum, Borgholm (2012); The Gate of Unknown, 1st edition of The Others art fair, Turin (2011); Vitam Impendere Vero, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva (2010); and Paper Works, Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem (2009).




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