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Influential Emerging

Buky Schwartz and Guy Ben-Ner

By Tal Yahas

BUKY SCHWARTZ, Videoconstructions, 1978-80, video still, video, 29 min 40 sec. Courtesy the artist.

In terms of formal genealogy, it is hard to read Guy Ben-Ner’s abundant visual aesthetic as directly descended from Buky Schwartz’s minimalism. Schwartz, a sculptor born in 1932, was one of the first Israeli artists to explore video. His late-1970s “Videoconstructions” are austere conceptual works, concerned with perception and with the exposure of visual preconceptions about materials and spatial relationships. The format of these works is…

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