My Name Is Maryan
Curated by Alison M. Gingeras and Noa Rosenberg
December 20, 2022 – May 27, 2023
The exhibition My Name is Maryan offers viewers an opportunity to reencounter the astounding body of work by the artist Maryan S. Maryan (Pinkas Bursztyn, 1927-1977), following his life and career through Poland, Auschwitz, Jerusalem, Paris and New York.
Maryan is considered among the most important artists to deal with the fate of humans in the second half of the 20th century. Arriving alone in Eretz Israel after the Holocaust, he spent three years studying art at Bezalel in Jerusalem. In 1950 he left for Paris, where he found acclaim as an artist working in an expressionist idiom. In the 1960s he moved to New York and became involved with the Beat movement. Throughout four decades of fervent artistic creation, he formulated a distinctive language in painting, drawing, sculpture and film, until his sudden death at 50, in his studio at the Chelsea Hotel.
This is Maryan’s second retrospective at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (the first was in 1979, two years after his death). It honors an artist who was active in the country for only a short while, preserving his place in the history of Israeli art.
In collaboration with MOCA North Miami.
The exhibition is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Foundation, and the French Committee of Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Mr. Harry Habermann.