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ten erotic warriors

ten erotic warriors

Artist: Uri Katzenstein (Born in Tel Aviv, Israel 1951–2018)
Culture: Israeli
Date: 1999
Medium: Blood, oil, computer image, paper
Dimensions:
18 7/8 x 27 3/16 inches (48 x 69 cm)
framed: 26 3/4 x 34 1/4 inches (68 x 87 cm)
Classification: Drawing
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:Uri Katzenstein
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Studied and lived in the United States, 1974-1985; works and lives in Tel Aviv, 1985 - present

Bedovin, 1999
Blood, oil, computer image on paper
2000.8.1 purchase

Ten Erotic Warriors, 1999
Blood, oil, computer image on paper
2000.8.2


Israeli performance artist Uri Katzenstein uses his body as a central element in his performance and his representational art-his art literally comes from his body. Katzentein says, "the idea of using blood and using liquids is somehow linked to previous experiences and traumas." Although Katzenstein was a medic during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the complex associations run deeper, in that blood, as a metaphor, is a bond between families and peoples. However, it can also be a destructive force, as in blood vengeance. The use of blood in contemporary art has a history including Joseph Beuys and Yoko Ono.

These two Blood Drawings contain disparate elements on a white page, as if different aspects of consciousness. Some parts, such as the crossed out letters and depictions of the network of veins, are inscribed in blood. The figural image in the upper center of Ten Erotic Warriors represents Katzenstein himself continually climbing a wall and is a motif the artist has used repeatedly. This figure was tattooed on ten of the artists' Israeli colleagues who volunteered to give their own bodies to Katzenstein's work. For Katzenstein, the body is used as a source of materials to make marks and as a canvas on which to make them.

Katzenstein was the Evans Family Cultural Residency artist in residence at Duke University in March 2000. His residency included exhibitions across campus, with a live performance by the artist at the Duke University Museum of Art, accompanied by an installation of his Blood Drawings (from which these two works were acquired by the museum), and an installation entitled The Family of Brothers featuring sculpture, sound and video-performance at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Katzenstein's performance at the Duke University Museum of Art involved the assistance of a medical nurse, who inserted a needle into his arm, which was attached to a device with which he drew onto the wall, in a in a ritual-like performance accompanied by sound. In 2001 Katzenstein represented Israel at the Venice Biennale.


Object number: 2000.8.2
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