Leor Grady

Leor Grady is an Israeli-born visual artist, living and working in Tel Aviv. He studied at SUNY Empire State College in New York, and the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. Working in a wide range of media—from sculpture, video, and drawing to traditional materials and techniques such as gold, embroidery, and even olive oil—Grady subversively repositions everyday objects, concepts and experiences, imbuing them with poetic meaning. By employing such a wide range of media, Grady’s conceptual works forms a visual language that is both fully committed to and independent from the history of art. This enables a powerful viewing experience, connecting tradition to intimacy, politics to poetics, and grandeur to the human body.

 Leor Grady

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Grady’s works explore themes of home and identity politics, as his artistic voice is inscribed with traces of his own struggles with Israeli culture and history as a queer, Mizrahi Yemenite; addressing his traditional roots from within the context of contemporary artistic discourse. Grady’s cultural objects invite Israeli culture to recall its historical violence and erased histories, while simultaneously evoking fantasies of future histories that may yet be created: his works truly validate the argument that “the personal is political.”

Grady currently serves as head of the art department at Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv, Israel. His work has been exhibited widely in Israel and abroad at such venues as the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Ashdod Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.

 

Select Exhibitions:

2019              Bethlehem, Neve Schechter Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Shira Friedman. (Solo Exhibition)

2019              Foreign Bodies, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Ravit Harari (Solo Exhibition)

2019              Jacqueline Kahanoff: The Levant as a Parable, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Sara Turel

2019              Back to Artport, Artport Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Vardit Gross

2018              Last Chance to See, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel.
Curators: Drorit Gur Arie, Isabelle Bourgeois

2018              The Museum Presents Itself III: Remotely Related, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Ellen Ginton

2018              Territories Unraveled, Jerusalem Artist’s House, Jerusalem, Israel.
Curator: Irena Gordon

2018              To The End of Land, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.
Curators: Drorit Gur-Arie, Or Tshuva

2018              Neo-Monumental, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel.
Curator: Udi Edelmann

2017              A Lonely Singer is the Heart: Oriental Music in Israel, Ashdod Art  Museum, Monart Center, Ashdod, Israel.
Curator: Eran Litvin

2016              Natural Worker, The Kibbutz Gallery of Israeli Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Yael Keini (Solo Exhibition)

2015              The Heart Desires All Beauty, STA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Carmit Galili (Solo Exhibition)

2014              Black King, The Lobby Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Orit Mor (Solo Exhibition)

2014              NonFinito, Artport Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Vardit Gross

2014              Until You Get Out Of My Voice, Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
Curators: David Adika and Ilit Azoulay

2014              There Are Girls, Kav 16 Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Curator: Ravit Harari (Solo Exhibition)

2012              Objects of Affection, Y Gallery, New York, NY.
Curator: Cecilia Jurad (Solo Exhibition)