Amikam Toren

Israeli, b. 1945

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Amikam Toren

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Israeli, b. 1945

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Attuned to the profound in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the profound, Amikam Toren alters found objects and images, transforming them into paintings, works on paper, videos, installations, and sculptures full of surprising depth, humor, and meaning. With a keen eye on the everyday and overlooked, and an interest in language and the process of interpretation, Toren scours his own studio and street and antique markets for his materials. Through interventions subtle and overt, he teases out poignant truths from an incredible array of unlikely objects. In his “Armchair Paintings” project, begun in the late 1980s, he cuts phrases—like “cathartic logic”—into cheap, kitschy oil paintings of flowers and landscapes, inflecting both text and image with new significance. For A Users Guide to Married Life (2012), he transformed packing instructions into tender symbols of a shared existence.

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Biography

Attuned to the profound in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the profound, Amikam Toren alters found objects and images, transforming them into paintings, works on paper, videos, installations, and sculptures full of surprising depth, humor, and meaning. With a keen eye on the everyday and overlooked, and an interest in language and the process of interpretation, Toren scours his own studio and street and antique markets for his materials. Through interventions subtle and overt, he teases out poignant truths from an incredible array of unlikely objects. In his “Armchair Paintings” project, begun in the late 1980s, he cuts phrases—like “cathartic logic”—into cheap, kitschy oil paintings of flowers and landscapes, inflecting both text and image with new significance. For A Users Guide to Married Life (2012), he transformed packing instructions into tender symbols of a shared existence.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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Apr 30th, 2014
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Oct 16th, 2013
Three Things You Should Know About Amikam Toren
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