Art: Feedback from Life

Drawing is an explicit business, a matter of black and white. The old masters drew to discover a final form, to stabilize reality before painting it. But what if drawing is not about definitions, what if it chooses to study the instabilities of perception? Such is the question hidden in the work of a masterfully gifted Israeli artist named Avigdor Arikha, whose exhibition of ink drawings—seen last year at Marlborough Galleries in Manhattan—is now on show in Fort Worth.

Arikha, who was born 44 years ago in Rumania, survived the Nazi labor camps in Central Europe and was repatriated as an orphan...

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