Israeli Sensation Guy Yanai Curates Group Show in Tel Aviv

Ridley Howard, Blue and Yellow (2011)Photo: Courtesy the gallery
Ridley Howard, Blue and Yellow (2011)
Photo: Courtesy the gallery

The young Israeli artist Guy Yanai is having quite a moment. Hot on the heels of his successful solo exhibition in New York’s Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery, entitled “Ancient River,” the Tel Aviv-based Alon Segev Gallery has announced the opening of a painting group exhibition curated by Yanai.

Guy Yanai, Bye Torino (2014-15)<br>Photo: Courtesy the gallery

Guy Yanai, Bye Torino (2014-15)
Photo: Courtesy the gallery

Entitled “Words Without Letters,” the exhibition will feature Yanai’s paintings, alongside works by fellow Israeli artists Avner Ben-Gal and Gideon Rubin, and the American artists Ridley Howard and Ted Gahl, who are both exhibiting their work in Israel for the first time.

The curatorial conceit of the exhibition began with a question posed by Yanai’s young son: Is there such a thing as words without letters?

Gideon Rubin, Yellow Blindfold (2015)<br>Photo: Courtesy the gallery

Gideon Rubin, Yellow Blindfold (2015)
Photo: Courtesy the gallery

Inspired by the unintentional koan, Yanai has curated a show that explores how communicating with images as opposed to words is still a key aspect of human life, and one that dates back thousands of years.

The remainder of 2015 will be busy for the young painter, whose work will be showcased in exhibitions at Galerie Derouillon, in Paris, and Coburn Projects London. Yanai’s work was part of the group exhibition “Senses of the Mediterranean” at Hangar Bicocca, Milan.

Ridley Howard, Make Out (2015)<br>Photo: Courtesy the gallery

Ridley Howard, Make Out (2015)
Photo: Courtesy the gallery

“Words Without Letters” will be on view at Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, from September 3 – October 16, 2015.

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