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Four Hittleman Gallery-represented Artists
Included in MOCA Exhibition

June 10 - Pinchas Cohen-Gan, Joshua Neustein, Itzhak Danziger and Micha Ullman, four of the artists represented by the Michael Hittleman Gallery, are included in MOCA Presents Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974.

The exhibition, on view through September 3 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, is the first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with Land art.

Micha Ullman, Land Exchange, etching

New Adam Berg Installation

May 8 - Adam Berg installed his newest work,"Land Origami," at the gallery today. The work is in two parts, and the medium is photo etching and resin on brushed aluminum.

The work is similar to works Adam just exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. These works deal with environmental concerns, the end of the frontier and a northern Romantic tradition going back to Caspar David Friedrich.

Edward Ben Avram Visits Gallery

April 5 - Jerusalem artist Edward Ben Avram and his wife, Malka visited the Michael Hittleman Gallery. He last visited the gallery 32 years ago.

I purchased two new works from Ben Avram. Both works are pastel and gouache. The one we are holding is "Shabbat."

More pix from Edward's visit

Opening Celebration

Photos by Peter Rashkin

City of Los Angeles Honors Hittleman Gallery

January 30 - "The City of Los Angeles joins in celebrating and saluting the Michael Hittleman Gallery on the occasion of its grand opening at its new location. Established in 1976, this gallery has compiled an exraordinary collection of fine Israeli art which has contributed immensely to the education and inspiration of countless individuals. From synagogues to museums to Jewish Community Centers across the region, Michael Hittleman has shared his passion for Israeli art by educating others on its historical and aesthetic significance. Through steadfast ways and caring deeds, the Michael Hittleman Gallery has helped make the City of Los Angeles a better place in which to live."

Adam Berg Installs New Work Commissioned for Gallery

January 28 - Israeli artist Adam Berg installed his new work, Solar Eclipse, at the Michael Hittleman Gallery today. The work is a plexiglas sculpture commissioned for the opening of the gallery. It is based on works of Michelangelo that Adam studied during his recent solo exhibition at the Palacio Medici in Florence.

More photos

We Are Open!

Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010

Avigdor Arikha, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and a near-fatal wound in Israel's War of Indpendence, died April 29 at his home in Paris.

A brilliant draughtsman, Arikha was considered one of Israel's and Europe's most important artists. His work can be seen at the Louvre, the Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other major collections. He was named a knight in France's Legion of Honor.

"I paint not to get a copy of nature but to get with the brush what I see while I see it."

Michael Hittleman Gallery at Israel Expo 2010Michael Hittleman Gallery at Israel Expo 2010

May 2, Samueli Jewish Campus, Irvine, CA

Israel Independence Day show, April 25th, 2010, at Shaarey Zedek Congregation, San Fernando Valley.
In photo, from left, L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz, Michael Hittleman, State Senator Carol Liu and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Jan Rauchwerger and Michael Hittleman in Raughwerger's studio in Tel Aviv. July 2008

Fima (Efraim Roeytenberg) - December 22, 1914 - October 16, 2005

Fima's father worked on the Eastern China Railway. The family settled in Harbin, China. In 1933 Fima moved to Shanghai where he studied art with Russian and Viennese teachers. He eventually studied Chinese calligraphy and philosophy which had a great influence on his subsequent art and life. In 1949 he left China for Israel. He slowly gained a reputation in Israel and finally had a hugely successful exhibition at Bertha Urdang's Rina Gallery. It led to his discovery by French critics and a move to Paris for the next 41 years. He also showed at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He was critically acclaimed in Israel also and had exhibitions at the Israel Museum and Tel Aviv Museums as well as the Jewish Museum in New York. He returned to Israel in 2002 and even exhibited in Hong Kong before his death in 2005. His integrity, the beauty of his brushstrokes and colors and his incorporation of Chinese street banners and calligraphy made him one of the most unique and entrancing of all Israeli artists

Read comprehensive Fima Obituary at Guardian Unlimited.

Jews in Crisis: Israeli Art: 1980 - 2000

The Michael Hittleman Gallery was chosen by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles for a summer-long exhibition entitled "Jews in Crisis: Israeli Art: 1980 - 2000." The exhibit was on display in Summer 2002.