NEW YORK – Jennifer V Roth Auctions presents an auction of fine works by women artists and Ethiopian artists in an exciting June 16 sale titled “Israeli & International Art.” Lots will begin closing at 2 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available now through LiveAuctioneers.
Following centuries of under-representation, women’s voices and Black voices are now being heard throughout the contemporary art space. Several artists of color, who also happen to be women, are rising stars of the vibrant Israeli art scene.
Fatma Shanan’s Untitled, 2014, interweaves landscape and heritage. For Shanan, who was born and raised in the Druze village of Jullis, carpets are precious family possessions that signify identity and the connections between nature, geography, and history. In Druze culture, carpets are inextricably woven into a life of hospitality, ritual, and community. They are passed from generation to generation, and when they become worn, they are carried up to the flat roofs of houses for sleeping outdoors on hot summer nights. Other carpets are piled in the fields, providing a resting place during harvest time. In this large and important Shanan work from 2014, carpets and landscape become one.
Nirit Takele, who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of six, is represented with Stretching Leg, an acrylic on canvas from 2020. Takele has developed a unique style of building or sculpting her abstracted, shaded figures. Their outlines are frequently set off by the colorful, ribbon-like borders of their Ethiopian shawls and wraps. These are not specific portraits; instead, she takes her inspiration from a remembered pose or an everyday activity of the friends and family around her. Speaking of her unique portrayal of the figure, Takele has said: “I want to show these characters as being full of power, and size expresses their inner, heroic strength. This is how I see my community, and this is the representation I wanted to convey in my art.”
Tigist Yoseph Ron also immigrated to Israel at a young age from Ethiopia, and she works most often in charcoal. Her Self-Portrait in this sale was completed during a COVID-19 lockdown. She held a one-person show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2020-21 titled The White Paper is Black Within.
Other women artists in the sale include Rona Yefman, Noel Jabbour, Ilit Azoulay, Anna Ticho, and Pamela Levy.
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