Israeli artists are currently responding to political, historical and religious issues by using dynamic and experimental artistic practices. These artists are supported by a number of well-respected Israeli galleries. The Alon Segev Gallery exhibits emerging and established Israeli artists based in Israel and abroad, including installations, video, painting and sculpture all exhibited in the gallery’s white cube space.

Others, like the Braverman Gallery emphasise contemporary art media including video and installation art. The Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art represents well-known artists within the contemporary art world, including Ori Gersht, who has collaborated with internationally renowned institutions such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Amikam Toren, who has shown in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Royal Academy of Arts, London.

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is a registered non-profit organisation which has revolutionised contemporary Israeli art. The CCA curates and produces exhibitions, projects, screenings, lectures and performances, including BLURRR- International Performance Art Biennial and VideoZone – International Video Art Biennial. It has also established the Video Archive; a collection of over three thousand video works from 1960 to the present.

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Contemporary art is notoriously difficult to understand since they cover so many different categories. Works include photography, painting, performance, sculpture, installation, video, film, and public art, with works ranging widely. Here are five contemporary art works providing some of the most influential approaches today.

Contemporary Jewellery

Contemporary jewellery, like all ‘contemporary’ art is very hard to define. It is not categorised by the materials used or by appearance, which can vary greatly. Perhaps it is easier to explain contemporary jewellery as a specific approach to making jewellery, which does not just focus on the end product. Instead the production process is concerned with the context and material which inform the development of the piece.

Materials in contemporary jewellery are not only confined to precious metals and stones but are materials which reflect the wider concerns of the jeweller and are desired present for many people. This means that some contemporary jewellery could be just as easily included in an exhibition of sculpture or fashion as well as jewellery. Whilst contemporary jewellery is not created to appeal to a particular consumer audience, it should still be wearable in some way on the human body.

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Contemporary jewellery is part of a long history of jewellery and many contemporary jewellers get inspiration from the history of jewellery making and design. A piece of contemporary jewellery is the result of a contemporary approach which considers the appearance, its material and style, in relation to broader themes and the world in which we live.

Over the past two decades, the number of students choosing to study jewellery design and production has grown around the world and there is now a thriving contemporary jewellery community, many of whom are make their living online. These international jewellers have embraced modern materials and techniques, as well as incorporating traditional workmanship. As an example, contemporary Native American jewellery ranges from hand-quarried and processed stones and shells to computer-fabricated steel and titanium jewellery.