Jewish Journal Reports on Art Basel

Israeli Art during Art Basel Miami Beach

  •   The Jewish Journal reports on Israeli art showcased during Art Basel Miami week
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    Israeli art is out in full force on Art Basel Week.
    Artists 4 Israel, a group of guerrilla artists, presents two exhibits through Dec. 9 that allows people to see what it is like to be in the line of fire and what occurs in Israel on a daily basis. The exhibits are "The Bomb Shelter Museum," on display at The Yard, 44 NE 29th St. in Miami, and "Heroes in Distress" at LMNT Arts Miami, 59 NW 36th St, and Overture, 555 Buena Vista Ave. at NW 34th St. in Midtown Miami.
    "Heroes in Distress" describes the innocence of children and the relationship between the heroic nature of common man as well as the human flaws of its heroes and protectors, all within the relationship of the Middle East and regional conflict. "The Bomb Museum" is a multi-media exhibit intended to directly simulate living through a rocket attack.
    "We hope to show the world the reality of life under rocket attack," said Craig Dershowitz, executive director of Artists 4 Israel, regarding "The Bomb Museum" exhibit. "All too often we hear about these attacks and consign them to some desensitized part of our brain. If no one dies, we don't care so much. After all, the loss of life is far more pressing of a story. But, the truth is, the real terror and trauma of the situation occurs in these bomb shelters. We want people to be aware of how small, cramped, painful, dirty, smelly, ugly and offensive these shelters are."
    Carlo Flatto, chairman of the South Florida Chapter of Americans For a Safe Israel, which is helping to promote the events, discussed ways the public can learn from the exhibits about the crisis Israel goes through.
    "The media can only convey the message in limited fashion," she said. "The medium A4I employs adds dramatic dimension and impacts a different demographic in a much more impressionable way."
    The Artists 4 Israel includes Silo16 AFK, Neta Dror, Sam Frank, Maya Gelfman, Oren Golan, Orly Kadosh, Jonathan Pasternak, Dana (distortion) Yavin and Dima Vazinovich. "The Bomb Shelter Museum" exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on these exhibits, visit http://www.artists4israel.org/,http://www.overturemiami.com, or contact plypress@yahoo.com. Also taking place during Art Basel Week is the music and art label company hosting a one-night only event with a Tel Aviv Pop-Up Tent. The Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico is a sponsor for this free event taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight at 151 NE 41 St. in Miami. For more information on this event, visit http://www.vega-now.org.

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