A painter who begins abstractly at the end

On show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art through October 5 is the first comprehensive exhibition of works by the late Hagit Lalo (1931-1961), a forerunner of abstract expressionism in Israel. The exhibition, entitled “A Painter who Begins at the End,” references Lalo’s approach to art, having never shifted from figurative to abstract painting and instead beginning directly with the abstract, which according to the perception of modern painting at the time was regarded as “the end.” The exhibition explores the complicated path and short yet prolific career of the young artist.

When entering the exhibition, visitors literally begin at the end of the artist’s life and career. The first work seen when walking into the exhibition space is the last work completed by Lalo, which was left on the easel in her studio before her death.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/A-painter-who-begins-abstractly-at-the-end-410323

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