Evolving from her exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tsabar’s Work On Felt sculptures move from the floor to the wall, in four new variations. These works nod to Minimalist traditions, while inviting a tactile approach from the viewer, as the string running through it may be plucked and played by the participant. The pitch of the string can be altered by pressing one’s body against the object, consequently introducing an erotic dimension to these works. Tsabar’s purposeful extension or shortening the curvatures of the work creates an intimate experience between the object and its catalyst.
Naama Tsabar was born in Israel in 1982. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2010. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at venues in New York, Tel Aviv, Basel, Guadalajara, and Milan. Tsabar’s solo project ‘Encore’ was presented at Art Statements during Art Basel 38 in Basel, Switzerland. Solo exhibitions of Tsabar have been presented at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art in Israel, MARTE-C (El Salvador), Paramo Gallery (Guadalajara), Thierry Goldberg Gallery (New York), Dvir Gallery (Israel), and Pianissimo Gallery (Milan). Selected group exhibitions featuring Tsabar’s work include Gravitywell with Spinello Projects at Art Basel Miami Beach Nova Sector, ‘Greater New York’ (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield) at MoMA PS1, The Bucharest Biennale for Young Artists (Curated by Ami Barak, Romania), Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard, Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), ExtraCity in Antwerp (Belgium), and ‘Sweat’ at Columbia University and the Fisher Landau Center in New York. Tsabar is a two-time recipient of an Artis Grant (2014 and 2010), a two-time recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant (2009 and 2005), the 2009-2010 recipient of the Joan Sovern Award from Columbia University, 2012 Grantee of The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award, and held residency in 2012 at The Fountainhead Residency in Miami. Tsabar’s work has been featured in publications including ArtForum, ArtReview, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Frieze, ArtAsia Pacific and Fader Magazine. Tsabar lives and works in New York. Her work is held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Jimenez-Colon, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel Museum, and Coleccion Dieresis.