Israel’s most influential art scene players – Haaretz list

The top 10 powerful people in Israeli art.

An article published in August 2013 in an Israeli paper listed the ten most powerful individuals in Israel’s art scene, and none of them are artists.

Dor Guez, 'Pioneer Tree', 2011, two channel video installation. Image courtesy Artis.

Dor Guez, ‘Pioneer Tree’, 2011, two channel video installation. Image courtesy Artis.

An article published in Haaretz on 2 August 2013 titled “The Top Ten: The most influential people in Israeli art“, written by Galia Yahav and Ellie Armon Azoulay, included heads of art institutions and moneyed collectors, but not one single artist.

The exclusion of artists might strike some as a little odd as several Israeli contemporary artists such as Guy Ben-NerYael Bartana and Sigilit Landau are known internationally, exhibiting in prestigious exhibitions like the Venice Biennale.

Oded Hirsch, 'Habaita', 2010, photograph. Image courtesy Artis.

Oded Hirsch, ‘Habaita’, 2010, photograph. Image courtesy Artis.

Sigalit Landau, 'Somnambulin/Bauchaus', 2000, performance still. Image courtesy Artis.

Sigalit Landau, ‘Somnambulin/Bauchaus’, 2000, performance still. Image courtesy Artis.

The top 10 powerful people in Israel’s art scene according to Haaretz are:

Guy Ben-Ner "Stealing Beauty", 2007 single channel video, color with sound dvd (running time: 17:40 minutes) Part of the exhibition "Guy Ben-Ner: Thursday the 12th" at MASS MoCA May 23, 2009 - March 2010

Guy Ben-Ner, ‘Stealing Beauty’, 2007, single channel video,  (running time: 17:40 minutes). Image courtesy Artis.

Ori Gersht, 'Below the Surface', 2013, 25 x 20 cm. Edition of 10. Print with bullet holes. Image courtesy Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

Ori Gersht, ‘Below the Surface’, 2013, 25 x 20 cm. Edition of 10. Print with bullet holes. Image courtesy Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

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