Art: Arikha's Elliptical Intensity

With hunger in his eye, an abstract painter goes realist

One of the main cultural facts of the '70s was an upsurge, in the U.S. and Europe alike, of realist painting. It came in all modes, from gaudy airbrush renderings of photorealist motorcycles to inflated history painting, and in all emotional temperatures, from gelid beaux-arts nudes to the expressionist rant of political muralists in East Berlin. Much of it was instant art, and instantly disposable. But a striking deposit of achievement remains, and one of its components is the work of the Israeli painter...

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