Mark Godfrey – Curator
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum in 2015. The exhibition included 26 paintings, all from recent months, made following the artist's visits to Israel. Quaytman's interest in Walter Benjamin and in Paul Klee's Angelus Novus (1920) at the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, provoked visits to the Gershom Scholem Library at the National Library of Israel. Here, she researched the tangled correspondence between Scholem and Benjamin about Klee's painting and, in one of Scholem's books, came upon the Hebrew word חקק [Haqaq]. The verb's meaning—"to engrave" as well as "to legislate"—in addition to its strange sound, made her choose it as the exhibition title. While in Israel, she traveled to the desert, where she took photographs to be used later in her paintings and extended her interest in Hebrew typography and the mystical view of the Hebrew alphabet in Kabbalah. All these sources of inspiration have convened into this new series of works.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2015
Hardcover, 130 p., 47 colour ill., Hebrew/English