Anat Betzer | Army Of Me
October 9 - Novermber 16, 2014
Julie M. Gallery was pleased to present the second solo exhibition in Toronto by Israeli artist Anat Betzer.
Army of Me comprised a series of works created between 2011 and 2014, which revisit earlier themes explored by the artist in the early years of her career, such as femininity, gender, integration of text and paining, as well as literary quotes.
To understand the daring nature of Betzer’s representational paintings, it is indispensable to take into account the dominant features of contemporary Israeli art— its conceptual, sophisticated and cerebral nature, which oftentimes rules against still life and landscape, deeming it commercial and decorative, thus non-legitimate. Influenced by these tendencies, Betzer herself worked along the lines of conceptual sculpture, installation and painting. Her work in recent years, however, is a profound study of the intersection between classical and contemporary art, and a defiant return to more traditional painting techniques.
Betzer does not apologize, nor does she wish to please. Despite the romantic and lyrical nature of these works, she commands the viewer to look directly and to examine relevant issues that include the representation of the female body, its objectification, and the complexity of female empowerment.