Title: Ape Contemplating Wandering Jew, 1999
Izhar Patkin's Ape Contemplating Wandering Jew is an individually stenciled chrome-coated paper collage from a limited edition series of unique works produced by the artist exclusively for The Jewish Museum. This piece is based upon the artist's larger body of work "Judenporzellan." Patkin's images evoke porcelain figurines referencing a discriminatory 18th-century law passed by King Frederick II of Prussia, wherein Jews were forced to buy low quality porcelain from his failing Berlin factory before they could receive permits of any kind. The collage technique used by the artist here involves cutting, folding and weaving stenciled paper.
Izhar Patkin is an internationally celebrated artist born in Israel in 1955. He has lived in the United States since 1977, first coming to prominence in the mid-1980s with his iconic Black Paintings, an inventive visual adaptation of Jean Genet's play The Blacks: A Clown Show. Patkin's work has been collected in depth by prestigious institutions around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Open Museum, Tefen; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and many others.
Patkin's fall 2012 show, The Messiah's glAss, at the Jewish Museum inaugurated a new series of commissioned projects that use the institution's Offit Gallery as a labratory for new ideas. In 2014, MASS MoCA exhibited a survey of Patkin's 30-year career.
37-1/2" x 29-1/4"
Limited edition series of 50 unique works
Each work is signed by the artist