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Natan Nuchi

(1951 - )


Yellow Star


Israel / United States


Painter Natan Nuchi was born in 1951 in Nahalal, Israel, and came to the United States in 1969. From 1969 - 1974, he lived in Los Angeles, where he studied art privately. In 1974, he moved to New York, and has been living there since. In the early 1980s, he became interested in the Holocaust and Jewish history and consequently started to make paintings that draw on Judeo Christian iconography with images reminiscent of concentration camp victims. In the mid 1980s, he exhibited in New York and received notices in the professional art magazines. In 1992, he had his first solo show of Holocaust related art in Israel at the Haifa Museum of Israeli Art. In 1995, he had a solo show at the B'nei B'rith National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and he participated in the exhibition, "After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust," in contemporary art at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The exhibition subsequently traveled in England and Germany.

Since the early 1990s, Nuchi has also worked with the computer, and in 1997 had a solo exhibition of his computer art at the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art. In addition, his interest in the Holocaust and the way it is remembered has taken a more critical turn, and he branched into conceptually based installations. With these installations he participated in 1997 in Israel and in 1999 in a New Jersey statewide series of exhibitions dealing with Holocaust related art. From 1999 - 2004, he paintings took a turn to more abstracted and metaphorical images - which look like fingers - and also figures, digits, body parts, phalluses, women in robes, and more. His work is in many public collections, including The Jewish Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The New York Public Library, and the Israel Museum. The public venues where his work has been shown in solo exhibitions include the Haifa Museum, The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, the B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and in numerous group exhibitions in New York, Israel, England, and Germany.

You may also visit Natan Nuchi's website here.

Further Reading

Ahronson, Meir. Romantic Means in the Age of Information. Catalogue, Haifa Museum, 1992.

Ahronson, Meir. ...The Fear Rising From the Works. Catalogue, The Museum of Israeli Art, May, 1997.

Aviv, Naomi. Natan Nuchi And the Black Mystery of What Happened in Europe Shishi Magazine. April, 1995.

Baigell, Matthew. Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Baigell, Matthew. Jewish American Artists and the Holocaust. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Bar-Kadma, Emanuel. Uprooted. Yediot Aharonot, December 17, 1992.

Baruch, Adam. Where is the Israeli Art. Maariv, April 29, 1998.

Bohm-Duchen, Monica. After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art. Lund Humphries Publishers, U.K. 1995. p. 104. Artist's statement p.153.

Bohm-Duchen, Monica. The Uses and Abuses of Photography in Holocaust-Related Art. Indiana University Press, 2003.

Brenson, Michael. The Figure as Image of the Psyche. The New York Times, November, 1985.

Castle, Frederick Ted. Art in America. March, 2001.

Castle, Frederick Ted. Review of one man show. Art in America, November, 1984.

Henry, Gerrit. Review of one man show. Art in America, June, 1993.

Hubbard, Sue. After Auschwitz. Contemporary Art, Winter 1995/96 U.K., vol. 3, number 1.

Kuspit, Donald. The Abandoned Nude: Natan Nuchi's Paintings. Catalogue, 1992.

Levy, Itamar. In the Regions of the Normal Art. Ha'aretz Daily Newspaper, January 29, 1993.

Maor, Haim. Light and Bones. Al-Hamishmar, January 15, 1993.

Maor, Haim. Yellow Star at Night. (Interview), Studio Magazine, December 9, 1999.

McGovern, Adam. Review of one man show. Cover Magazine, April, 1992.

Nuchi, Natan. A Nice Holocaust, Without Victims and Without Horror. Studio art magazine, August, 2002.

Sgan-Cohen, Michael. A Man is Slowly Shut Inside Skin and Bones. kol ha'ir Jerusalem, April 1989.

Sgan-Cohen, Michael. Touching the Essence: The Work of Natan Nuchi. Catalogue, Haifa Museum, 1992.

Scot, Peter. Crimes Against Humanity. Zigmagazine 13, Fall, 2000.

Soltes, Ori Z. Natan Nuchi: Isolation and Interconnection. Catalogue, 1995.

Tov, Naomi Siman. To Reinvestigate Symbols of Evil. Ha'aretz Daily Newspaper. April 15, 1997.

Tsur, Uzi. How to teach pictures to a dead hare.. Haaretz, February, 2004.

Zimmer, William. Veiled Time. The New York Times, February 21, 1999.

Zimmer, William. Review of one man show. Arts Magazine, November, 1985.