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Micha Ullman




Dave and I spent 2 days going through the Israel Museum. Lots of wonderful archeological exhibits, a great collection of modern art as well as one of the finest Judaica collections in the world. It is on multiple levels and you kind of wander from room to room.

On one of the levels we wandered into a retrospective of Israeli artist, Micha Ullman. Ullman creates subterranean sculptures, some of which barely protrude from the ground. They have been described as simultaneously "celestial and earthbound, metaphysical but sensual and tactile. His sculptures made of iron and sand address such universal themes as home and place, and absence and emptiness."


This is the first museum retrospective of the work of this Israeli artist and it covers his fifty-year career in sculpture, drawing, and installation.


All I can say is that Ullman's work showed amazing consistency and is one of the most powerful exhibits I have ever seen. He uses a copper red sand that is found in Israel, and some of his pieces are interactive in the sense that he allows the viewer to move the sand gently by merely being near it. He delves into the world of performance art having people interact directly with the sand- capturing the footprints and movements on a floor covered with sand.

His prints also use the same copper red sand and he is as effective as a print artist as he is an installation artist and sculptor.
To read a much more intelligent review of his work check out Midnight East.