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Jacob El Hanani Drawings

April 14 – June 11, 2015

Installation view of Jacob El Hanani Drawings at Acquavella Galleries from April 14 - June 11, 2015.

Press Release

(New York, NY) Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Jacob El Hanani Drawings, its first exhibition by the artist, from April 15 – June 12, 2015. El Hanani has produced highly detailed drawings utilizing the tradition of micrography since the early 1970s. This painstaking process is an ancient Hebrew art form developed in the 9th century that involves the repetition of small marks to create intricate abstract designs. Using this technique, El Hanani repeatedly draws thousands of microscopic marks, at times Hebrew letters, onto paper or canvas.

The artist can take months or even years to complete individual works, which are evocative of highly detailed geographic maps, carefully woven textiles, and celestial bodies. “We are thrilled to be exhibiting the work of Jacob El Hanani for the first time,” said Eleanor Acquavella, “it is an honor to present the work of an artist who has devoted his life to intricacy and an extraordinary attention to detail. From afar these works appear abstract but when the viewer gets closer, beautiful, intricate patterns are revealed.” This presentation will include eighteen drawings installed in the gallery’s second floor space, and coincides with the group exhibition Off Canvas: Drawing, which will be installed on the floor below.

Jacob El Hanani (b. 1947) was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and was raised in Israel. His work can be found in the permanent collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Jewish Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tel- Aviv Museum, Israel; and the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring a forward by Eleanor Acquavella and an essay by Arthur Danto will be published on the occasion of this exhibition.

Photograph of Jacob El Hanani
Jacob El Hanani
Jacob El Hanani Drawings cover
Jacob El Hanani
Jacob El Hanani Drawings (OUT OF PRINT) April - June 2015
Jacob El Hanani, The Hebrew Barbed Wire, 2013
The Brooklyn Rail
Review of Jacob El Hanani Drawings by Taney Roniger July 13, 2015

With all the quiet intensity of a monk absorbed in selfless devotion to the word of God, and a considerable dose of climber’s hubris, El Hanani has made a career out of testing the limits of human endurance. Armed with only a fine-point pen and the discipline of a military general, this artist has brought drawing to places few of us might care to go. But experienced from the armchair of viewership, the work is as breathtaking in its beauty as it is profound in its implications about the human urge toward—and need for—self-transcendence....

Jacob El Hanani, Gauze, 2007-2008
Art News
Review of Jacob El Hanani Drawings June 2015
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