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Join other funders for a breakfast salon and a tour of an Israeli art exhibit before it opens to the public!
Rivka Saker, a longtime advocate of Israeli art and culture and founder of the Sotheby's Israel office, will join Israeli visual artist, Izhar Patkin for a conversation over breakfast on the role of art and culture in the changing political climate around the world.
This will be an opportunity to discuss the Greenbook: Arts as a Driver for Social Change in Israel and to showcase diverse Israeli voices in art and film.
The talk will be followed by an exclusive tour of a tour of the Israeli and International Art Auction at Sotheby’s, which will be opening an exhibit and auction to the public on November 21st.
Rivka Saker is a longtime advocate of Israeli art and culture. Rivka founded the Sotheby's Israel office in 1982. She has been involved in Judaica sales at Sotheby’s since 1985 and is responsible for establishing sales in Israel and promoting Judaica sales worldwide. Since 1994, she has served as Managing Director of Sotheby's Israel and Senior Director of Sotheby's Europe. In 2004, she founded and chairs Artis, an organization that supports contemporary artists from Israel internationally.
Rivka is the Chair of the Board of Artis. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She is the Co-Chair of the Israel Museum’s Here and Now Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee and serves on the Boards of the The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; and the Middle Eastern Circle of the Guggenheim Museum. Born in Tel Aviv, Saker has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Haifa in Economics and History of Art. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from Technion in Haifa.
Izhar Patkin is a visual artist known for working in narrative form. His work tells stories and deals with reinventing the structure and technique of visual narrative itself. The results are paintings and sculptures in diverse and innovative media, making imaginative use of materials and highly complex visual metaphors. Patkin’s work is included in many permanent collections, including those of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; among others. A survey of his work, “The Wandering Veil,” opened in Tel Aviv Museum of Art and The Open Museum in Tefen in 2012 and traveled to Mass MoCA and to Florida. Patkin was born in Israel. He lives and works in New York City.
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