Contemporary Art in Israel

Confronting local politics--on an international stage.

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The Scene

In the past two decades, several non-profit institutions have emerged to support contemporary Israeli art. In Israel, the national museums in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Herzliya regularly feature shows of contemporary artists, while in the US, many metropolitan Jewish museums have developed specific galleries and programs to display and encourage dialogue about today's Israeli art.

Yet the contemporary Israeli art scene is still firmly rooted in secular Tel Aviv, where artists work in studios located in the city's southern industrial districts and dealers establish galleries near fashionable shops and restaurants downtown. 

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Jessica Kraft

Jessica Kraft is a writer, educator, and artist based in San Francisco, CA.