A large menorah at the Ben Gurion Airport welcomes me to Israel, and I experience the satisfaction of setting foot in my 95th. country. In a little under two months I will arrive in the Maldives, my 100th. country. I gave myself five years to reach this goal, but if all goes well I should make it less than three and a half. My travels will continue at least until the self proclaimed five year point, and very likely well beyond.
ABRAHAM HOSTEL – TEL AVIV – This is a great hostel if you like big, boisterous, party hostels. It has a large bar and a massive stage where they host various musicians. They have a convenient on site tour agency. The dorms are spacious, the beds are good and they keep everything spic and span. If you prefer smaller, low-key hostels this is probably not the place for you.
ABRAHAM – PORTRAIT MUTATIONS
I think the that the most redeeming feature of this city is the street art. Tel Aviv is one of the premier cities in the world for this medium. That said, it is also a rather shabby city as well, as evidenced by the excessive amount of tagging, crumbling structures and poorly finished storefronts. For all of this urban decay you also pay a premium. Tel Aviv is more expensive than London!
A nice piece of art contrasts a shabby building in the background.
In a place like Tel Aviv it’s nice to have some technology to distract you.
This gnarly dude straps on some bizarre religious apparatus known as tefellin as he prepares to kick some spiritual ass in the name of Moses. He looks a lot like my son in law.
Eighty percent of the items in this market is low quality crap out of China. Foodstuffs are usually the best bet here, but frankly I’d avoid the place altogether. Take your money elsewhere.
DEEP SEA MUD – $3.OO a bag – Finally something cheap, but I have no desire to smear mud on myself, Dead Sea or otherwise.
POO EMOJI UNDERWEAR – For those in need of undergarments to disguise their tenacious skid marks.
MULTI COLORED PALETTE
JAFFA OLD CITY TOUR
THE OLD CITY CLOCK – This was built for the townspeople so they would not miss their trains.
PUBLIC FOUNTAIN –
JAFFA OLD CITY ENTRANCE – The archway in this hardscrabble alleyway marks the entrance.
TEL AVIV SKYLINE
Perched next to one another a Christian Bell Tower to the left and the Muslim call to prayer tower to the right.
Fishing in the Mediterranean
UPSCALE ART DISTRICT
Our Tour Guide – Ex New Yorker – 10 years in Tel Aviv
HOUSE OF SIMON THE TANNER
SUSPENDED ORANGE TREE
Egyptian Entrance to City – Replica – Original is in a Museum in Jerusalem
LOW CALIBER STOREFRONTS – POOR MERCHANDISING – CHEAP PRODUCTS
Contemplating the significance of short person behavior in panchromatic resonance and other highly ambient domains.
TYPICAL TEL AVIV BUILDING
EVIATAR – TEL AVIV is the second most major city in the graffiti universe.
MURAL – Three scruffy barefoot figures are famous Palestinian cartoon characters.
BAND-AIDS – These serve to symbolically hold together a fragmented and crumbling infrastructure.
Looking Toward a Bright Future
More Band-Aids and clever initials comprising a dog’s face, butt, and fart.
Integrated plants enhance this Face.
MR – This street artist is also a tattoo artist who is booked six months in advance.
DIDI – 2017
This compelling Botox piece is by an awkward, overweight grade schooler who is making a point about the lengths to which people will go to be beautiful.
Message to Tour Guide who allowed tourists to compromise an existing pieced.
Nice Stencil Work
GRAFFITI ALLEY – Practice Area
SPRAY CAN OCTOPUS
This sort of thing is really frowned upon – It won’t last long.
PAINT HIGH IF YOU WANT IT TO STAY A WHILE
THE 27 CLUB
Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Artist
WEDDING INVITATION GRAFFITI
DIDI – Repurposed Architectural Drawing.
TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART
A WORLD CLASS EXPERIENCE
Henry MOORE – Reclining Figure – 1969
LICHTENSTEIN – A big beauty in the grand entry hall.
Yaacov AGAM – Pace of Time – 1970
From the Left
From the Right
Georgia O’KEEFE – Bleeding Heart – 1928
Pamela LEVY – Exhibition
Pamela LEVY – Resuscitation – 2004
Christian MARCLAY – The Clock – 2010
I wish I could have given you the experience of this instillation. Just imagine a collage of film fragments of varied lengths referencing time through clocks, watches or dialogue and synched to local time. It’s so strange to check your watch and have it be the same time referenced on the screen. I checked my watch before leaving the exhibit, and sure enough the clock on the screen read the same as my watch. Art the time I thought it was an amazing coincidence, but after reading the description carefully I realized it was by design. The instillation was captivating as very often familiar films showcased timepieces, and actors checked their watches.
Henri-Edmond CROSS – Hauling the Nets – 1899
Paul CEZANNE – The Drunkards – 1876/77
Paul SIGNAC – Mirabeau Bridge – 1903
Mirabeau Bridge – Detail
Amadeo MODIGLIANI – Gaston Modot with Hat – 1918
Maurice DE VLAMINCK – Still Life with Yellow Book – 1910/11
Fernand LÉGER – Houses Among Trees – 1913
Fernand LÉGER – The Roofs of Paris – 1911
Joan MIRÓ – At the Bottom of the Shell – 1948
Henri MATISSE – Woman with Gladiola – 1922
Vincent VAN GOGH – Sherperdess – 1889
Camille PISSARRO – Afternoon Break, Girl and Young Peasant Woman Resting – 1882
Claude MONET – Water Lily Pond – 1919
Pierre August RENOIR – Algerian Woman – 1882
Paul CÉZANNE – Houses at the Side of the Road – 1881
Camille PISSARRO – The Pink House – 1894
Edgar DEGAS – Pregnant Woman – 1911
I include this Degas sculpture in honor of the birth of my daughter’s second child, Aria. This special event occurred on this very day, March 29. I know DIna’s very happy to no longer be pregnant.
Marc CHAGALL – The Wailing Wall – 1932
Marc CHAGALL – Solitude – 1933
Marc CHAGALL – Woman Fish – 1962
Marc CHAGALL – Lovers – 1929
Gustav KLIMT – Friederike Maria Beer – 1916
Wassily KANDINSKY – Untitled Improvisation V – 1914
Georges BRAQUE – Still Life with a Pipe – 1911
Alexander ARCHIPENKO – Kneeling Woman – 1916/17
Alexander ARCHIPENKO – Woman in Armchair – 1918
Pablo PICASSO – Child in a Chair – 1939
Kees VAN DONGEN – The Princess of Babylon – 1904
Max ERNST – The Bewildered Planet – 1942
Mark ROTHKO – Untitled – 1947
René MAGRITTE – Seen Through Daylight – 1928
Jackson POLLOCK – Earth Worms – 1946
Alberto BURRI – The Sack – 1951
Micha ULLMAN – Midnight – 1988
Ofer LELLOUCHE – The Atelier – 2001
Lynn CHADWICK – Two Seated Figures – 1973
Menashe KADISHMAN – Scream – 1998
Dov FEIGIN – Animal – 1958
A BOOTLEGGER’S ROOM
The Soviet X-ray discs were made secretly in workshops. X-ray film was cut into a circle with a hole at its center, sometimes perforated by means of a burning cigarette. The disc was then put on a recording lathe attached to a gramophone or other sound source in order to make a copy. The results would vary according to the quality of the original recording, the machine used, and the skill of the operator. Each recording was made in real time, and each disc sounded and looked different than all the others. The finished records were passed on to dealers for sale to an eager public.
Menasha KADISHMAN – Suspense – 1966
Deganit BEREST – M4 after Roman Opalka – 2005
M4 after Roman Opalka – Detail
Zamir SHATZ – Habibti – A State of all its Citizens – 2014/15
Although I felt like garbage on this particular day, I don’t think my photography suffered for it. If anything I was determined to get good shots so that I could enjoy the visit at a later date.
CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK
Later on back at the ranch, I abandoned an effort to create a graffiti stencil, and decided to try again at a later date.
INSTEAD A SIMPLE CAN BY HAND METHOD WAS EMPLOYED FOR LARGER AND LESS PRECISION RESULTS.
61 YEARS OLD AND STILL A JUVENILE DELINQUENT AT HEART