Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2019: The Mordechai Ish Shalom Award is presented to Pesach Slabosky; The Shoshana Ish Shalom Award is presented to Nadia Adina Rose « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים

Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2019: The Mordechai Ish Shalom Award is presented to Pesach Slabosky; The Shoshana Ish Shalom Award is presented to Nadia Adina Rose

Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2019:

The Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Pesach Slabosky

The Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award is presented to Nadia Adina Rose

 

Committee’s comments:

Pesach Slabosky is an artist of contradictions. His unique work, which he has developed over forty years of artistic practice, does not readily yield to prevalent categories. His works oscillate between sculpture and painting, between objects without definite form and traditional two-dimensional painting. They attest to connoisseurship, sophistication, and knowledge, and at the same time—directness, naiveté, and lawlessness.

His art combines modernist abstract with figurative images, decorative elements, raw materials, and mundane objects. It introduces a fusion of artistic urgency stemming from the depths of the bare soul with sophistication accompanied by critical ironic observation and profound knowledge of the history of art and culture. Rather than a comfortable, soothing “armchair,” as Matisse defined good art, his works are fidgety objects, wholly uncomfortable, which refuse definition, offering a faithful reflection of the artist himself: uncompromising, not striving to be liked, satisfied with his work, which he has developed and honed for many years.

Slabosky cannot be ascribed to a specific school in Israeli art. He may be said to have developed a clearly differentiated one-man’s school all his own. In addition to being an active artist whose works are presented in numerous solo as well as group exhibitions and featured in the leading museum collections in Israel, he is also the author of several books, and the writer of many theoretical texts about art. He has taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design for many years and brought up generations of students who admire his work and persona.

Since his immigration to Israel in 1978, he has lived in Jerusalem and has been conspicuously active, known, and loved in the city’s unique art scene.

For all these, the committee has found Pesach Slabosky worthy of the Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Prize committee:

Amitai Mendelsohn, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Israel Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Ms. Meirav Davish Ben Moshe, chair of the Jerusalem Artists Association

Ms. Zila Ish Shalom, representative of the Ish Shalom family

 

Committee’s comments:

Nadia Adina Rose’s enigmatic works draw the viewer into a coded world teaming with magic and threat. She creates meticulous objects which are rooted in diverse cultural contexts. The works echo Surrealism and Pop Art, as well as folk tales from the former Soviet Union, where she was born. Rose industriously sews soft sculptures, typified by surprising combinations of materials, forms, and textures. Like a poet, she infuses her visual work with lyricism that enables contemplation of different meanings without committing to one. Her work as a whole is inspired by an air of foreignness, even detachment and restlessness.

For the uniqueness and originality, the contradiction laden language, which contains both delicacy and a restrained yet present tension, the committee has found Nadia Adina Rose worthy of the Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award 2019.

 

Prize committee:

Ronit Sorek, Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Meydad Eliyahu

Dan Nirel, representative of the Ish Shalom family

Award ceremony will be held at the Jerusalem Artists’ House

Sunday, 20 January 2019, at 5 p.m.