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'Keeping it From Collapse': The Sculptural Visions of Dina Recanati

Until June 16, Manhattan art lovers will have the unusual experience of visiting a gallery exhibit by a banker’s widow who also happens to be an evolving, gifted artist.

Dina Recanati, born in Cairo in 1928, married the banker and philanthropist Raphael Recanati in Tel Aviv in 1946, after which she pursued art studies in London and New York. Her current show, which opened May 6 at Chelsea’s Flomenhaft Gallery, reveals faithfulness to her time-honored investigations, but with new visual force, intensity, and scope.

Recanati has always been an artist of the desert, inspired by wind, harsh weather, and the erosion which they cause. Already in 1989, in a solo exhibit at Ramat Gan’s Museum of Israeli Art, Recanati expressed the theme of “survival, which to me means continuity,” as she states on her website: “Columns that are support systems. Trees that serve as an oasis, where the tired voyager may want to stop just for a moment on his continuous journey.”

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'Keeping it From Collapse': The Sculptural Visions of Dina Recanati

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