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Throughout his career Azene has forged personal histories through the exploration of information implicit in the tactile, or that which can be seen. The artist collects, edits and rearranges each pictorial component, carefully controlling the impact of the finished work. Through this process new visual texts are born in his mind, and transferred to the canvas. Through Azene’s inspired composition, an evocative narrative emerges which transcends the sum of its parts.
“The “New Horizons” group - founded in 1948 and active into the early sixties – set itself the target of bringing Israeli art into closer contact with world art.
The group, whose members included Arie Azene, broke down the barriers of provincial localism and prejudice in Isreali art, introducing the Israeli art world to the abstract art of the fifties and early sixties.” [From “New Horizons”, Gila Ballas, 1979]
“Arie Azene, a member of Kibbutz Tzuba, is one of Zaritsky’s brightest pupils. With his presentation in the context of the ”New Horizons” group, Azene has reduced Zaritsk’s concept to a form of systematic work formula...
The ways and means of working are now his own affair: from our point of view, there remains a careful and precise formulation of the relationship between surfaces: the combination of colourful tissues, the structure of reflection and consolidation of a vivid atmosphere around those three elements.
Azene’s qualities come to light gradually. He is not a “colourist” like Zaritsky; he exhibits a clear inclination towards merging the colour structure around two complementary hues, usual closely to the one another. He prefers various combinations of gray, around which he constructs the combined formal structures, in a two-dimensional way, which likewise is close to Zaritsky’s earliest abstract oils. The form themselves are more blurred, in a progression towards some amorphousness.