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Ilan Averbuch. Israeli, born 1953
In a catalogue essay for his retrospective show at the Open Museum in Tefen, Israel, in June 1997, the art critic Carter Ratcliff wrote "in part his sculptures owe their monumental aura to their materials--stone, copper, lead, heavy wooden beams. In greater part, this aura is created by his themes--civilization and its history, its interactions with nature. Yet the deepest power of Averbuch’s art is it’s truly convincing monumentality, the product of qualities that we ordinarily consider anti-monumental. A monument of the usual sort has a single message, simply stated. Sculpture of this sort presents its single-mindedness as a claim to authority."

Ilan Averbuch at Nancy Hoffman Gallery

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