The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is currently exhibiting a mid-career survey of Israeli-born artist Ori Gersht titled, “Ori Gersht: History Repeating.” The exhibition examines 15 years of Gersht’s art, work in which he has explored how violence and beauty overlap, often with a special focus on how a landscape can bear witness. It’s on view through January 6, 2013.
At the end of summer, Gersht was the guest on Episode No. 43 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. Among the work Gersht and I discuss is his “Ghost” series, which shows olive trees in Palestinian villages in Israel. On the program, Gersht told me how the trees stand for beauty and perseverance amidst war and violence. The image here is a detail from Olive 11 (2004). More from the series is here, via an old-fashioned Google Image search.
Image: Ori Gersht, Olive 11 (detail), 2004.