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Roundabout|The Middle East

Roundabout|The Middle East

This year, I was asked by the editors of Art Asia Pacific to contribute to a book that will accompany an extensive art exhibit (set to travel throughout the world) from collector David Teplitzky. For the book I wrote about the term the 'Middle East' and how it has been applied to politics, and subsequently the art world/market.

I then present the work of a group of Jewish artists living in Palestine pre-1948. They called themselves Canaanites, and believed that the Middle East was a Hebrew-speaking civilization in antiquity. Canaanites saw themselves as having the power through their art and politics to revive this civilization, and create a "Hebrew" nation, which would disconnected from the Jewish past. The Canaanites wanted to embrace the Middle East's Arab population, too.

Nimrod, shown here, went on to become the symbol of the group.

 Nimrod in the Israel Museum

Nimrod in the Israel Museum

You can buy the book HERE. If you want to read the article, here is the PDF

A modern day version of Nimrod was made by artist Ohad Meromi, entitled 'The Boy from South Tel Aviv' (see below) and is hedged at the entrance to the new wing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

New York Times|Now, Cultural Casablanca

New York Times|Now, Cultural Casablanca

Time Magazine|Santiago

Time Magazine|Santiago