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Yedidya Hershberg: All Thought Becomes an Image

Jun 23, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022
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Yedidya Hershberg: All Thought Becomes an Image

June 23 - August 27, 2022

Sugarlift is pleased to present new work by Israeli artist Yedidya Hershberg in All Thought Becomes an Image, opening June 23, 2022. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York. 

In his new body of work, Hershberg is alive to the possibilities of both observation and invention, yet his loyalties lie not with empiric reality, but with the demands of the picture alone.

In Nudes in Abu Tor, the relationship between the figures and architecture offers a clue to Hershberg’s pictorial thinking. The geometry of the architrave, chair and table establish scale and perspective and secure the work’s structural integrity. The solidity of these planes is reminiscent of Sassetta’s altarpieces whilst the forms of the figures recall the rhythms of Ingres’ Turkish Bathers. Here, the painting negotiates two competing notions of Disegno (the Italian concept of drawing and design) by reconciling the flat planes of Sienese art with the curvaceous articulations of Neoclassicism.

In his portraits of single subjects, Yedidya dispenses with the scaffolding of Nudes in Abu Tor, but the simplicity of these works belies their compositional daring. The painter is alert to the nuances of every angle, crop and placement so that spatial relationships are rendered implicit. Often, a nude will be set against the silhouette of a black armchair so that contour, line, and gesture are given their full force of expression. Sometimes, an idealized female body will be offset by a more angular and jarring element. In Nude with Blackbuck and Transfiguration, for instance, the motif of the wounded antelope (a borrowing from Mughal art) performs a similar function to that of the devils in Sienese panels. The agonized contortions of the animal not only introduce an element of discord and pain but also throw the sensuous volumes of the figure into relief. In these moments, Yedidya dangles the narrative bait, but he is never seduced by the temptation to tell a story. Painting is, he insists, its own art of fiction.” - Naomi Grant, London, May 2022

Yedidya Hershberg was born on August 4, 1988 in Jerusalem, Israel, to painters Israel Hershberg and Yael Scalia. At age 14, Hershberg began joining the Jerusalem Studio School summer programs in Italy, and by the age of 18, he joined the Jerusalem Studio School's full-time Master Class program. After completing his studies, he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he lived and worked for 3 years. In 2014, Hershberg went on to attain his MFA from the University of New Hampshire on full scholarship. Lacking identification with the prospect of professorship in academia, Yedidya resolved to return to Israel and reestablish the Jerusalem Studio School. Yedidya presently resides in Jerusalem, Israel. He is the Director of the Jerusalem Studio School and an Assistant Master Class Instructor at JSS In Civita Summer Art School & Residency in Italy. He is currently represented by Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv.

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Yedidya Hershberg
Nude with Cherries and Ye...
27.5" x 19.6"
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Yedidya Hershberg
Vision at Palazzo Morelli
47.2" x 25.5"
$12,000
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Yedidya Hershberg
Mika
27.5" x 19.6"
$6,000
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Transfiguration
27.5" x 19.6"
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Seated in Abu Tor
27.5" x 19.6"
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Nude with Blackbuck
47.2" x 23.6"
$11,000
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Yedidya Hershberg
Shira
23.9" x 18.6"
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Women in Emerald and Gold
42.5" x 47.2"
$15,000
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She Has Been Dead Many Ti...
27.5" x 19.6"
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Nudes at Abu Tor
41.3" x 29.5"
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Yedidya Hershberg
A Diver in Deep Seas
27.5" x 19.6"
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Tori
27.5" x 19.6"
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