Recommendations of what to see in the Jerusalem art scene by our local insider Jenna Romano. To learn about Oh So Arty tours in Jerusalem please click here.

I.

Exhibition: Lifescapes

Artist: Anna Ticho

Venue: Ticho House

Anna Ticho was a powerful figure in Jerusalem’s cultural scene in the 20th century, born in 1894 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She studied art from the age of 15 when her family lived in Vienna and her and her husband moved to Jerusalem in the beginning of the 20th century. Says Ticho of the moment she first stepped foot into Israel, “I was in love with this land at first sight. This love grew on me and to express it became the content of my and the expression of the spirit of Jerusalem.” This exhibition offers an opportunity to explore Ticho’s work and to deepen our understand of the change in it over time -- from small drawings of Israeli landscapes to large flower and the Jerusalem hills -- the artist worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, charcoal, graphite and pastels.

 Anna Ticho, Israeli, born in Moravia 1894-1980, Vase with Red and Yellow Gladioli, 1969 Watercolor and graphite on paper, 76x63 cm, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Anna Ticho Bequest

Anna Ticho, Israeli, born in Moravia 1894-1980, Vase with Red and Yellow Gladioli, 1969 Watercolor and graphite on paper, 76x63 cm, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Anna Ticho Bequest

II.

Exhibition: Properties

Artists: Various Artists

Venue: Various Venues

The exhibition properties opens a dialogue about the history and present perception of the neighborhood Talbiya, a residential area in the city of Jerusalem. The neighborhood actually consists of many historical narratives which are not openly spoken about -- and the exhibition properties seeks to uncover contradictions and stories that eventually juxtapose the character of the neighborhood in the past with the mundanity of its existence now. Various art installations and videos will urge visitors to acknowledge and ask questions about these narratives.

 Maya Attoun - ghost 2018

Maya Attoun - ghost 2018

III.

Exhibition: Blinds

Artist: Yaara Oren

Venue: Jerusalem Artists House

Each year, a committee awards one Israeli painter the Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist. This year, the committee chose Tel Aviv based artists Yaara Oren, stating that the artists “has created an impressive, intense body of work which does not remain static. It constantly evolves, attesting to great talent.” Oren’s work in Blinds gives us abstract interpretations of the environment surrounding the artist, namely her neighborhood of residence in southern Tel Aviv, Shapira.

 Yaara Oren, Shutter, 2017, oil on canvas

Yaara Oren, Shutter, 2017, oil on canvas

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