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First Battle Lived Accident

by Dalit Nemirovsky | 03.04.14

Guy Yanai’s solo exhibition opening tonight at the Alon Segev Gallery, is a great  opportunity to witness the artist’s path in recent years. Although all the works in the show were created in 2014, they are all derived in some way from his past exhibitions. This becomes clear when one looks at the unique title of the show. The four words that comprise the title are the first word of each title of his previous four solo shows.

First we feel then we fall | Battle therapy living room | Lived & laughed & loved & left | Accident nothing

 Pink House Haus and Valvoline, 2014, oil on linen, 130x100 cmFirst Battle Lived Accident is comprised of eleven paintings. The ones that captured my eye the most are two very large interiors: Pink Studio (for Ava), obviously referencing Matisse’s Pink Studio from exactly one hundred years ago, and Pink iPad on Sofa, a painting of the artist’s current home. But it is not their large scale that makes them unique in my eyes, but the fact that Yanai was able to create interiors that actually made me feel I am pulled inside. The other paintings on display are derived from previous imagery from Yanai’s older paintings, some of them have two or three images in a single painting, an interesting mix that is new in Yanai’s work.

Pink Studio (for Ava) After Matisse, 2014, oil on linen, 180x240 cmPink Studio (for Ava)Pink Studio (for Ava)

photo copyYanai next to Pink iPad on Sofa

Syracuse Plant and a Picture. 2014, oil on linen, 130x100 cm

1975025_10152006364619117_1941253872_n photo 2Guy Yanai / FIRST BATTLE LIVED ACCIDENT

Opening Reception: Thursday, 3 April, 8-10pm | Closing: Friday, 16 May, 1pm

Alon Segev Gallery | 6 Rothschild Blvd.

 

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