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Shy Abady is an Israeli artist (born 24 September 1965 in Jerusalem). His work mostly consists of portraits and figures, for example such as Nijinsky, Hannah Arendt and Radu Klapper. His recent work deals with themes related to German and Jewish history ("My Other Germany", "Augusta Victoria"). Abady's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
Shy Abady began studying painting at a young age at the studio of Ascher Rudnizcki. Later he participated in a drawing course at the "Bezalel Academy" taught by Yoram Rozov. In 1992 he graduated from "Hamidrasha art college". Between the years 2012-2014, Abady completed his master's degree in History of Arts at the Faculty of Arts, Tel Aviv University.
In 1995, presented Abady his first solo exhibition, "From Reality to Myth – Nijinsky," which followed the life and the image of the Russian dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky.
In 2000 Abady received a residency scholarship at "The Cité" in Paris. There he created the series, "Icon - The Golden Age," which applied Christian iconographic technique to Jewish–Israeli figures.
Abady exhibited his series the "Hannah Arendt Project" in 2005 at the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt and other places. In 2010, seven works from the series were presented at Beth Hatefutsoth museum in Tel Aviv in the exhibition, "Jewish Icons - Andy Warhol and Israeli artists". In 2006 Abady began working on "Radu," a series that concerns the late Israeli-Romanian poet and writer Radu Klapper.The series was presented in January 2012 in "Zadik Gallery" in Jaffa.
Between the years 2007- 2008, Abady lived in Berlin and created the series "My Other Germany", The artist tells his story of German and German-Jewish history and myth. The series casts eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German statues and monuments (mostly from Berlin) as an allegory of twentieth-century events. In 2014 five works from the series were presented in Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in the exhibition "Back to Berlin".
In 2009, Abady exhibited "The Revolution that Danced," an homage to Nijinsky's and Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of their first performance in Paris, presented at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.
In 2010, Abady began to work on the series "Augusta Victoria," which continues his Berlin series with a local Israeli perspective. The series explores the dialogues between Theodor Herzl, the visionary of the Jewish state, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German Kaiser. The series was first presented in February 2012 in the "Dan Gallery" in Tel Aviv. In 2014 a portrait of the Kaiser Wilhelm II from the series, as well as two other portraits from the “Hannah Arendt Project”, were presented in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest as part of an international group exhibition, “Turning Points”. The exhibition dealt with the reaction of various contemporary artists to major twentieth-century events like WW1 and WW2.
Between the years 2012 - 2016, Abady created the series " The Return of the Desire". The series conducts a dialogue with two artists and their creation, one is the 19th century Jewish-German artist Elie Marcuse and his epic biblical painting: "The Death of king Saul on the Gilboa", and the second is the The 16th-century Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo. The series isolates pieces from their works and sets the stage for a material and conceptual dialogue between them. Through the works of the two, the series explores the complex relationship between the Christian-Western art tradition and the Jewish-Israeli one. The series offers a meditation on the way Jewish-Israeli art could have developed sensually and aesthetically, if it had engaged more closely with Christian-Western art.
In 2016, years after dealing with "Western European" issues, Abady began creating the series "Back to the Levant," a series which deals with the Levantine space and its history. The series opens a conversation between the complex and sensitive regional history and the personal family history of the artist. The series blends the personal with the public and the political, blurring the boundaries between Jewish and Arab identities. Abady paints portraits of Arab political figures from the Middle East who are perceived by the Israeli eye as hostile figures (such as Gamal Abdel Nasser and Haj Amin al-Husseini) alongside his family, all of whom were born in the region and lived for many years among Arabs in Jerusalem, Aleppo, and Cairo . In addition, alongside the Arabic inscription, the series also depicts sites of sacred places (such as the Dome of the Rock and tombs of Jewish and Muslim righteous). For the artist, the Levant is an open space of mixed identities bridging and contrasting East and West.
In 2017, the exhibition " The Restless" by Abady was presented at the "Schechter Gallery" in Neve Schechter in Tel Aviv. The exhibition featured portraits from various series he created over the years, including portraits from the series "The Return of the Desire" and "Back to the Levant".
Selected group exhibitions
2001 - Traces, Biennale for contemporary drawing in Israel, Jerusalem Artists’ House. 2004 - Tel Aviv Profile, City Hall building, Tel Aviv. 2008 - Beware the aftereffects, Infernoesque, Berlin. 2009 - Groom and Bride, The Jaffa Museum. 2010 - Jewish Icons, Andy Warhol and Israeli artists, Beth Hatefutsoth museum, Tel Aviv. 2011 - Appropriated Place, Zadik Gallery, Jaffa. 2012 - On A Small Scale, Zadik Gallery, Jaffa. 2013 - Fans, Zadik Gallery, Jaffa. 2014 - Money, Zadik Gallery, Jaffa. 2014 - The Benevolent Tree, Umm el-Fahem art Gallery. 2014 - Back to Berlin, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. 2014 -“Turning Points”, “Hungarian National Gallery”, Budapest. 2015 - Libra, Neve Schechter gallery, Tel Aviv. 2015 - On the Face, Zadik gallery, Jaffa. 2016 - Black Box, outdoor exhibition, Jerusalem.