ART BASEL | 2012

THE NEW TRIBE IN ALTNEULAND NEW PAINTINGS BY ALI SPECHLER

Altneuland (“The Old New Land”) is a Utopian novel written by Theodore Herzl in 1902. The title describes a civilization that champions progress, renewal and intellect yet is founded in the land’s rich history and tradition. Herzl, founder of Political Zionism, outlines his vision for this “New Society” founded by Jews in the land of Israel. He presents a multi-lingual society that integrates concepts of egalitarianism, liberalism, and socialism into a model Herzl termed “Mutualism” The story also serves as a reminder of the perils of xenophobia if seeped into politics and thus unto civilization. In The New Tribe in Altneuland, contemporary painter Ali Spechler reassesses Herzl’s vision, giving life to a new cast characterized by religious and political conventions. This group is given a chance to reestablish themselves in their own Altneuland. The narrative of these people is one of discovery of identity, division into group, and unification as a community despite both their physical and philosophical differences.


SAUDADE

PHOTOGRAPHS BY TARA PENICK

Saudade is Portuguese word has no direct English translation or equivalent. It is the expressed nostalgia for a past moment, person, or place. This emotional state comes with the longing for something that will not return. It is a recollection triggered by the senses, a recollection of emotion, space, or person that once brought excitement and pleasure. In these works, Tara Penick documented her subjects as a token of their fragile presence in the artist’s life.

ON VIEW / EGG AND DART GALLERY 4029 N. MIAMI AVE, MIAMI, FL