The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, with support from the Italian Cultural Institute, opened a solo exhibition by Marion Baruch, an eclectic and original artist whose work spans over seventy years and represents a unique and deeply interdisciplinary approach to formalism.
In the mid-1960s, Baruch went from painting to 3D works, taking on elements from fashion, graphics, industrial design and business practices, indeed anticipating the emergence of installation art and relational aesthetics. Baruch, a “global artist” with a “participatory practice” before such terms had ever been used, has lived and worked in Romania, Israel, France and Italy. She has created works that show her position of total freedom from any style restriction. Marion Baruch’s artistic practice has undergone different style transformations: from expressive painting to graphic art; from large metal sculptures to her performative and vital works.
The most recent phase of Baruch’s work is characterized by the use of textile waste from the ready-to-wear industry, which she uses to create a body of works which reaffirm her belief that formalism is never detached from conceptual and autobiographical issues. The exhibition, curated by Noah Stolz and Nicola Trezzi, will be open until 12 November and takes its name from her work ”Bomba”, consisting of an unprecedented monochromatic composition of fabric ”flaps”, clothes that once belonged to the artist.
Credits: Marion Baruch, photo by Noah Stolz; Marion Baruch, Bomba, 2022. Cut clothes 150 × 150 cm (approx.)