Mannequins are the medium

There is always something special about getting your first taste of a new art exhibition. There is a sense that someone invested his or her blood, sweat and tears in what you are about to witness. Calling it a sacred moment might be stretching the religious analogy a bit far, but when I stepped into Ydessa Hendeles’s exhibition “From her wooden sleep….” at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion in Tel Aviv, I had a tingling sensation. It felt as if I were being given a glimpse of what Hendeles has been through in her life up to that precise moment.

The 67-year-old award-winning Canadian is certainly an artist; but, as the show clearly conveys, her interest in the arts extends deep into the realms of collecting and curating as well.


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