Heddy Abramowitz



       
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Heddy Abramowitz moved to Israel in 1979 and calls the densely populated Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem´s Old City home. Her main focus is observational painting with particular interests in Jerusalem urban landscape, still life, the figure, introspective self-portraits, the Holocaust as legacy, the Jewish woman, and occasional social commentary. The cusp between abstraction and realism is among the issues she examines in her work. 

Starting her college education as an art student at the Syracuse University School of Fine and Applied Arts, she switched to an academic track and continued art studies in tandem. In Israel, she studied with leading contemporary figurative artists including Jan Rauchwerger, Sasha Okun and was in the first Master Class of Israel Hershberg’s Jerusalem Studio School, traveling twice with the school to the Maryland Institute and College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, for cultural exchanges.

She has exhibited widely in Israel, including the Corinne Maman Ashdod Museum of Art, the Noga Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Ein Hod Gallery, Ranana‘s Gallery on the Lake, and solo shows the Tel Aviv Artists House, the Jerusalem Artists House, and poet Linda Zisquit’s Artspace Gallery in Jerusalem.

In 2004, she was awarded a full international fellowship and residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has works in the permanent collection of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Named a finalist in the International Jewish Artists of the Year Award for 2007 by the Ben Uri Gallery /London, Museum of Jewish Art, her work was exhibited at Christie’s Auction House in London. In 2015 she participated in two exhibitions at the Jerusalem Biennale.

SOLO EXHIBITS

2015 Cross Point,  The Artists´ House, Tel Aviv Feb 26, 2015— Mar 21, 2015
 
2014 Intersections Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem 
 
2014 Dusks Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem 
 
2005 Twilights Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem

2000 In Light of the Situation The Artists´ House, Jerusalem

1996 Clips Drawn From Life The Jerusalem Theatre Gallery, Jerusalem
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS
 
2017
Home(less), Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York City
The Painting Salon, The Cubia Gallery, Jerusalem
Jerusalem: A City for the Ages, AACI Glassman Center, Jerusalem

2016
Autumn at Artspace, Artspace Gallery Jerusalem

2015
A Fine Line, The Jerusalem Biennale, Achim Hasid Complex, Jerusalem
A Sense of Space / Sense of PlaceThe Jerusalem Biennale, Achim Hasid Complex, Jerusalem
 
2013
The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, Hebrew Union College Museum,New York City (through Jun 2014)
Touched by the Holocaust  Synagogue for the Arts Gallery, New York City
 
2012
Sexuality Spectrum  Hebrew Union College Museum, New York City (traveling exhibit in US through 2015)
Salute to the Valiant
Yad L´Banim (Soldier´s Memorial Organization) Tel Aviv (traveling exhibit in Israel)
 
2011
Black and White Red House Gallery, Tel Aviv
Sixteen Israeli-American Artists Skizze Gallery, Jerusalem
Signed Personally: Artists Creating After the Holocaust  Beit Gabriel on the Galillee, Tiberius

The Jewish Quarter: Seeing Places and Creations Jerusalem Municipal Gallery

2010 Limmudarts, Warwick Arts Centre (photography) Coventry, England

2009 Housewives and Heroines Antea Gallery, Jerusalem (Project Initiator and Manager)

2008-2009
Our Remembrances (Zichroneinu) Beit Hayil HaAvir, Herziliyah, sponsored by Ministry of Defense for 60th
anniversary of Israel (traveling exhibit in Israel)

2008
Personal Space, Private Views Yakar Gallery, Jerusalem  
Man and Earth Oman Gallery, The Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem

2007
International Jewish Artists of the Year Award, finalist Christie’s, London
Woman’s Bag Gallery on the Lake, Ranana

2006 Women at Work Hadassah Berry Gallery, Jerusalem

2005 Walking on Eggs The Corrine Mammon Ashdod Museum of Art

2004
Traces II (Biennale in Drawing) The Artists´ House, Jerusalem
Group Show Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
It’s Me Yakar Gallery, Jerusalem

2003 Self Portrait Gallery, Artist Colony, Ein Hod

2002 Art Fair Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City

2001 Traces - Drawing in Israel Now (Biennale in Drawing) The Artists´ House, Jerusalem

2000 33 X 33 The Artists´ House, Jerusalem

1999
Master Class The Artists´ House, Jerusalem
Master Class The Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
Landscape Workshop with George Nick The Artists Residence, Herziliya
Faith in Art The Popolos Gallery, Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv
Faith in Art The Gerard Behar Center, Jerusalem

1995
Global Focus Beijing, China, during the Fourth International Congress of Women and in association with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND COMMISIONS
 
2003
Omanut L’Am (Art for the People), drawing

2000
The Hebrew University, two oil paintings purchased for the Permanent Collection of the University, Office of the Rector

1998
The Shomer Shabbat Synagogue, Ark Curtain, Toronto, Canada       

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Has work in private collections in Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Mexico, and the United States

AWARDS AND HONORS
 
2007
Finalist, International Jewish Artists of the Year Award, The London Jewish Museum of Art and The Ben Uri Gallery 

2004
Vermont Studio Center, International Fellow, Full Grant Residency


ART EDUCATION
 
1998-1999 
Jerusalem Studio School – First Master Class with Israel Hershberg, including two cultural exchange seminars
at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1996
Studies with Sasha Okun

1993-1994
Studies with Jan Rauchwerger

1973
Participated in fine arts classes, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.

1972
Studies at the Syracuse University School of Fine and Applied Arts, Syracuse, New York


PUBLISHED WORK

2016
“Shabbat” magazine, Makor Rishon, cover, July 29, 2016, painting

“The Israeli Talmud – The Scroll of Independence – the Third Paragraph” Bina Publishers, Tel Aviv, page 20, photograph

“Heddy Abramowitz: Full of Sparks in the Urban Jerusalem View” Nashim magazine, Makor Rishon May 27, 2016, page 20, interview, painting

2013
"These Artists Explore Being Jewish, Being Sexual and the Roots of Prejudice" The Public Eye, Cultural Weekly
text, photographs, re-published March 21, 2013


2012
"The Holy Land Laid Bare" by Lilliane Milgrom (paintings)
From Aleph to Taf:  A Women´s Lexicon for Peace in Israel,by "Ahoti (My Sister) for Women in Israel" Matlon Publishers, drawing

2011
Deot (Opinions) Journal, Bar Ilan University, 3 photographs (Volume 53)
 
2010
Fringes: Jewish Art as an Israeli Periphery, by David Sperber, Bar Ilan University publication, painting,
Winter 2010, page 46

Sandee Brawarsky,  “Text/Context: A Day for Wonder”, painting, The New York Jewish Week, April 30, 2010, page 5

Francis Cunningham in Jerusalem
 
The Jerusalem Post, In Jerusalem, “Private Thoughts on a Public Place”, text and photographs, April 2, 2010, page 24

2009
Deot (Opinions) Journal, Bar Ilan University, painting (Volume 45, page 5)

Deot (Opinions) Journal, Bar Ilan University, photograph, (Volume 44, page 14)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Steve Klein, "Rank and File" Haaretz, September 17, 2015
 
Rahel Musleah, "The Seventh Day: Shabbat Revisited" Brief Reviews, Hadassah Magazine, April/May 2014
 
 
 
 

Voices: Heroines and Housewives” Lilith Journal, Fall, 2009

Nomi Tannhauser, “Housewives and Heroines,” catalogue 2009

Greer Faye Cashman, “Grapevine: The Eyes Have It,” The Jerusalem Post, May 12, 2009

Rina Moskowitz “Zichroneinu,” The Defense Ministry and The Absorption Ministry, catalogue, 2008

Eliabeth Dor and Noa Cohen, “Man and Earth,” catalogue, 2008

The London Jewish Museum of Art, Ben Uri Gallery, International Jewish Artists of the Year Award,
catalogue, 2007

Anat Nitsan, “Woman’s Bag,” Gallery on the Lake, Raanana,  catalogue, 2007

Yael Weisel, “Walking on Eggshells,” Corinne Mammon Ashdod Museum, catalogue, 2005

Yonatan Amir,  “The Eggs Turned Glowing,” Voice of the City, April 1, 2005

Semadar Sheffi, “Doors to a World of Black and Grey,” Ha Aretz, January 7, 2005

Dror Borstein, “Traces: Drawing/Poetry,”  Artists’ House, Jerusalem, catalogue 2004

Yonatan Amir, “I am the Line, the Paper is the World,”  Voice of the City, December 24, 2004

Ilan Wizgan, “Drawing in Israel Now,” Artists’ House, Jerusalem, catalogue 2001

Semadar Sheffi, “A Broad Picture Done in a Narrow Line,”  Ha Aretz,  November 29, 2001

Anat Monitz, “Creations: Exhibit ‘Traces’ Thrilling” All the Time,” Maariv, December 14, 2001

Meir Ronnen, “The Quickness of the Hand Deceives the Eye,” The Jerusalem Post,  11.23, 2001

Meir Ronnen, “The Quickness of the Hand Deceives the Eye,” The International Jerusalem Post,
November 30, 2001

Dror Borstein, “Urban Heddy,” Voice of the City, January 5, 2001

Albert Suissa, “The Cities Hidden from the Eye,” Voice of the City, January 5, 2001

Tzvi Tolkovsky, “33 X 33: Situation Picture,” Artists’ House, Jerusalem catalogue 2000

Meir Ronnen, “Size Does Matter,” The Jerusalem Post, January 14, 2000

Glenn McNatt, “Licensed Reproduction,”  The Sun (Baltimore), July 12, 1998

Amitai Mendolsohn, “Faith in Art,”  Dialogue (Du-Siach, The Movement for Co-existence
Between Religious and Secular) catalogue, 1999

Ketziah Allon, “Art-Faith,” Deot (Opinions) Journal, Bar Ilan University, 1999

Ilan Nachshon, “Without Ovadia and Deeri,” Yediot Ahronot, April 2, 1999

Meir Ronnen, The Jerusalem Post, May 23 1996




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