Gallery 2: Israeli Progressives
Within Israel, the oppositional poster tradition is well-established and some of the most popular Israeli artists embrace an outspoken, polemical style that appears to be in its most authentic and trenchant form when skewering Israel’s various political parties, military policies, government officials, founding myths, and Israel’s self-image.
Contemporary Israeli oppositional posters are invariably solidly researched,
rich in historical references, highly nuanced, exquisitely designed and
almost always provocative. Irony, however, is the indispensable arrow
in the Israeli poster artist’s quiver and it is usually aimed with
a deftness and unselfconscious courage rarely equaled elsewhere. In a
land where much is held sacrosanct, Israeli poster artists recognize no
boundaries and honor no restrictions. For them, the highest duty of the
artist is to search for, and serve, the truth.
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