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Page from a Catalogue is informed by the artistís Israeli heritage.
Tevet was raised on a kibbutz, a social model for living that depends upon
the interaction of all its members to achieve unified social and economic
goals. Similarly, this sculpture is made of multiple elements that create
a single, interdependent compositional whole. Just as Tevetís sculpture
appears vulnerable in its seemingly unsteady construction, today the
kibbutz system is subject to socioeconomic and political strains. Tevetís
aesthetic vocabulary is indebted to Minimalismís stripped-down geometric
structures and its use of industrial materials. Further, the scale shifts
that result from the artistís use of objects of diverse shape and size
cause a related instability in the viewer, who visually negotiates the
work when viewing or circulating around it.
Nahum Tevet, A Page from a Catalogue, 1998 (installation view)
Nahum Tevet, A Page from a Catalogue, 1998 (installation view detail)
Nahum Tevet responds to questions in the Artists of the Week section of this site.
Nahum Tevet’s sculptures and installations have been exhibited for over twenty-five years. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including documenta 8, Kassel, and Similia/ Dissimilia, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1987); Life Size: A Sense of the Real in Recent Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1990); Art in Israel Today, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan (1991); XXII Bienal de São Paulo (1994); Painting-The Extended Field, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (1996-97); Bienale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and ARKEN, Museum for Modern Kunst, Copenhagen (1997); The Seventies in Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1988); and This Is Not a Ready Made, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1999). Tevet has had solo shows in galleries in Jerusalem, Düsseldorf, Paris, New York, Zurich, and Tel Aviv, including Dvir Gallery (1998). Solo museum shows include Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1976, 1984); Kunsthalle Mannheim (1986); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1991); Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (1997); and Chapelle des Jésuites, Nîmes (1998).
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria. Nahum Tevet (1997). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Lóránd Hegyi, Sarit Shapira, and Eli Friedlander.
Israeli Society for Culture and the Arts, XXII International Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil. Black Holes: The White Locus (1994). Exhibition catalogue, text by Sarit Shapira.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. Nahum Tevet: Painting Lessons, Sculptures 1984-1990 (1991). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Yona Fischer, Joshua Decter, Yonah Foncé, and Ido Bar-El.
Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany. Nahum Tevet (1986). Exhibition catalogue, text by Wolfgang Becker.