The New York art scene is abuzz as Jadite Galleries gets ready to launch Moshe Givati‘s newest solo exhibition (June 5-30). The event, called Equus Ambiguity – The Emergence of Maturity, was meant to mark the acclaimed Israeli artist’s resurfacing on the art scene – but took a bittersweet turn when Givati passed away recently, just two months before the exhibit opening.
His Equus series of paintings — based on the Broadway play “Equus” by Peter Shaffer –are described as “expressing the lifelong dilemma of searching for the source of his creativity while desperately seeking the equilibrium needed to survive in this world.”
The Hadera-born Givati had lived in New York in the 1980s. The possibility of exhibiting his paintings in the Big Apple energized him to paint again (he had taken a personal hiatus) and he was in the middle of exciting works when he passed away.
Givati was born in 1934 and was a member of Kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’amakim. He studied with Marcel Janco and at the Avni Art Institute, but acquired most of his painterly education by observing young art in exhibitions throughout Israel in the 1960s.