Celebrated Israeli Artist Michael Kovner to Speak at Jewish Federation’s Roe Green Gallery

November 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Cleveland, OH––Israeli landscape painter Michael Kovner will speak on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. at the Roe Green Gallery at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44122.

The Gallery Talk and Public Reception are free and open to all, and mark the public opening of the exhibition “Michael Kovner / The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean.”

Michael Kovner's Abu Tor

Meet the celebrated artist and hear first-hand about his work. View the stunning artwork included in this intimate collection of impressionistic and expressionistic original paintings and works on paper—many never before on public view—drawn from the artist’s Jerusalem studio and private collections. Kovner will share his love of the diverse Israeli landscape in this exhibition, which focuses on views of Jerusalem and areas surrounding Beit Shean, Cleveland’s sister city.

“Michael Kovner / The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean” is also the inaugural exhibition of the Roe Green Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through January 15, 2012. To schedule a tour or for more information please email israelarts@jcfcleve.org, call 216.593.2866 or visit www.jewishcleveland.org/israelarts.

“Michael Kovner / The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean” is presented by the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, a program connecting our community with Israel’s most dynamic 21st century cultural experiences. Working in partnership with Northeast Ohio’s leading arts organizations, the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection strives to identify, enhance, promote and create unique and engaging arts and culture opportunities.

The 2011-2012 season is brought to you by: Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Roe Green Foundation, Richard and Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Northern Trust Company.

Michael Kovner

Israeli Artist Michael Kovner

Michael Kovner was born in 1948 in Hadera, Israel to Vitka and Abba Kovner, one of Israel’s leading modern poets. Michael was raised on Kibbutz Ein-Hachoresh, where, at an early age, he connected with the natural landscape: “I was deeply attracted to the physical beauty of the world and wanted to give expression to that love through painting.”

During his military training he was assigned to a select unit that included Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Following his army service, Kovner enrolled in the New York Studio School (1972-1975), where he studied with Philip Guston, Jack Tworkov, Steven Sloman and Mercedes Matter, influences that still resonate in his work.

His signature work of landscapes and urbanscapes are radiant, lush and vivid with color. As foremost American art critic Donald Kuspit wrote in 2010: “Kovner’s impressionistic-expressionistic rendering of nature [reflects] his aesthetic love affair with nature,” and added that his paintings are “…radiant and intense with light and color…aesthetic delights…”

Kovner’s solo exhibitions include galleries and museums across the U.S. and Israel such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco), The Museum of Israeli Art (Ramat Gan) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among many others. His paintings are included in major public and private collections, such as the Israeli President’s Residence (Jerusalem), The Jewish Museum (New York) and Israel Museum (Jerusalem), to name a few.

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