Online Auction no. 51, Modern and Contemporary Art
Apr 20, 2021
Israel

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LOT 46:

Raffi Lavie , 1937-2007
Geranium

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Start price:
$ 250
Estimated price:
$300 - $400
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Geranium
Artist's name: Raffi Lavie , 1937-2007
Item name: Geranium
Technique: Color print
Measurements: 8.5X8.5 cm
Signed: Signed (faded).
Estimate: $300 - 400

About The Artist:
born 1937, Israel. 1966 A founder of the group ''Ten Plus''. He influenced a generation of young artists. In the early 1960s, Raffi Lavie began to paint in spontaneous scrawls, which soon began to echo graffiti and comic strip art. He wrote on his paintings as if they were walls covered with scribbles. Nurtured by Aviva Uri and Arie Aroch, his work is angry, nervous, aggressive, and abrasive. He was invited to exhibit with "New Horizons", but his work had already, at the beginning of the 1960s , challenged the delicate lyricism of the group. Towards the end of the 1960s, Lavie began to glue photographs, reproductions and posters on his works, combining varied aesthetic elements- kitsch, applied graphics, children's drawing, and political rhetoric. He transformed the banal into art and breathed art into the banal. Like Tumarkin and Lifshitz he scorned bourgeois prototypes of beauty, and sought to restore the image to art after its banishment by "New Horizons". The synthesis of scribbled line and collage is unique to Lavie's work.

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