THE NATURE OF THINGS” | Keren Anavy & Tal Frank

September 20-22, 2019
”The Nature of Things” will be released at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair (NYABF) at MoMA PS1, Published by a/b Books.

ZAZ10TS is pleased to invite you to a launch event of The Nature of things, an artist book by Keren Anavy & Tal Frank celebrate eight years of artistic collaboration. On Thursday, September 26, 6-8PM, join us for a lively, moderated conversation: Aliza Edelman and Keren Anavy & Tal Frank talk about making the book-and making art.

"This book appeals as a laboratory of the natural world and as a surrogate of the projections, research, and communication between two multidisciplinary artists. It is their travelogue and bridges the personal and collective memories of the ‘self’ and national mythologies. The Nature of Things performs as an archive and as an imaginary landscape permeating time and space." Aliza Edelman, Ph.D. Art Historian, Curator and Critic.

About The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is an artist book that functions as an exhibition, presents eight years of artistic collaboration, and includes an introduction text by Aliza Edelman, Ph.D., Art Historian, curator and critic.  

The book presents subjects and selected images from five site-specific exhibitions by the duo and from their recent adventure as artist in residence adventure at the Everglades, National Park, Florida (2018), as part of the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) Program.

The book consists of a variety of paper types: plain, a textured watercolor paper and a semi-transparent paper. The various paper also hint at the idea of how one can perceive a painting, convey a sense of working processes in the studio, and can also recall associations, reveling the thoughts and practice processes of this unique collaboration.

About Keren Anavy and Tal Frank Collaboration

Keren Anavy and Tal Frank are The KT Project, visual artists that have been collaborating for the past eight years, alongside their practice as an individual artists. Their research based projects explore the dynamic relationship between nature and culture through the lens of specific sites and locations. Both artists were born in Israel and are now based in New York and Mexico City.


Keren Anavy is a painter, installation artist, art educator and magazine art writer (Hebrew), currently based in New York. Tal Frank is a sculptor, installation artist, artistic director and an art educator, currently based in Mexico City.

Anavy and Frank are 2018 AIRIE fellows, Artist in Residence in Everglades, Program, Everglades National Park, Florida, May 2018. Their recent exhibition, Compositions for Stones of Gold (2018), supported by Asylum Arts grant, was a site-specific installation in a historic building in Mexico City, in which they investigated archaeological sites of water-related structures such as aqueducts and ruins both in Mexico and Israel in order to scrutinize the relation between place, nature, and identity. Their exhibition Between Beauty, Memory and Form (2017) was presented at Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, Mexico, preceded by Beauty and Other Forms (2016), Mane’-Katz Museum, Haifa; Crossover (2013), Feinberg Projects Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; and Hothouse (2012), Dan Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Recently they are collaborating on a new venture of artist-run culture center: Radio28, which include International Residency Program and exhibition space, located at the historic center of Mexico City.
Learn more about the artists Keren Anavy and Tal Frank.

About the Text contributor, Aliza Edelman, Ph.D

Aliza Edelman, Ph.D., is a New York-based art historian and curator whose research explores the recuperation of transnational narratives on gender and feminism in modern and contemporary art. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the material and popular culture related to the rise of the postwar Modern Woman and Abstract Expressionism. In 2014-15, she organized the survey "Judith Lauand: Brazilian Modernist, 1950s-2000s" at Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York, the first solo exhibition in the US on the artist who is a renowned pioneer of Latin American Concrete Abstraction. In 2017, she curated a second survey on the artist.Current scholarly writings are included in Women of Abstract Expressionism (Yale University Press and Denver Art Museum, 2016), and American Women Artists, 1935-1970 --- Gender, Culture and Politics (Routledge, 2016). Forthcoming essays will be published in volumes edited by The Getty Research Institute and Bloomsbury Academic. Edelman is the Book Editor of the Woman's Art Journal, a semiannual peer-reviewed journal publishing academic essays and exhibition and book reviews on women in the visual arts, co-sponsored by Rutgers University and Old City Publishing. She was appointed to the Committee on Women in the Arts, College Art Association for the academic term of 2018-2021.

Interview with Keren Anavy and Tal Frank Art Spiel |  PDF  | Aug 26, 2018

Interview with Keren Anavy and Tal Frank
Art Spiel | PDF | Aug 26, 2018