URI KATZENSTEIN

Biography

Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, Uri Katzenstein was the only child of German-born parents who moved to Israel before the Holocaust. He joined the Israeli Defense Forces as a reserve soldier in 1969 and served in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Following his service, Uri Katzenstein studied art at the Anvi School in Tel Aviv. He later moved to the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. After completing his studies, Uri Katzenstei moved to New York City, where he lived and created art through the mid-1980’s before returning to Tel Aviv in 1985. In 2003, he began teaching in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Haifa in Israel. Uri Katzenstein died in August 2018 and is survived by his ex-wife and girlfriend.

Recognition

Testing boundaries and forging connections between disparate ideas and concepts became a signature characteristic of Uri Katzenstein’s work. In recognition of his artistic contributions, Uri Katzenstein was honored with several awards, including the Dizengoff Prize for Plastic Arts (2017), and the Dan Sandel and Sandel Family Foundation Sculpture Award (2014), which led to his famous, large-scale solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2015 titled Backyard.

In addition, Uri Katzenstein’s work has appeared at the Chelsea Art Museum, Duke University Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Israel Museum, and Russian Museum; and at numerous galleries and theatres in Berlin, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Tel Aviv among other global locations. Throughout his long career, Uri Katzenstein also participated in several leading art biennials in Instanbul; Poznan, Poland; Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, where he was awarded first prize in 2002. In 2003, Uri Katzenstein was tapped to represent Israel at the prestigious Venice Biennale.

 
 
Uri Katzenstein,  image courtesy of the artist and Revital Topiol Photography

Uri Katzenstein, image courtesy of the artist and Revital Topiol Photography


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Photo of Uri Katzenstein with sculpture, untitled, 2013-2015, Backyard exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art


 Artworks


Press About Uri Katzenstein 

Haaretz-Culture and Literature      “With One Eye Shut-Uzi Tsur Katzensteins”  (April 7, 2015) Click  here  to read English version.

Haaretz-Culture and Literature
“With One Eye Shut-Uzi Tsur Katzensteins”
(April 7, 2015) Click here to read English version.

Haaretz-guide     ”Do it his way” (May 8, 2015)

Haaretz-guide
”Do it his way” (May 8, 2015)

Globus Tonight -Tel Aviv Museum of Art      ”Backyard Voices” (May 21, 2015) Click  here  to read English version.

Globus Tonight -Tel Aviv Museum of Art
”Backyard Voices” (May 21, 2015)
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Haaretz-Art and Culture      “Come get Electrified with Me” ( May 25, 2015) Click  here  to read English version.

Haaretz-Art and Culture
“Come get Electrified with Me” ( May 25, 2015)
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The Jerusalem Post   ”From Backyard to Front Lawn”

The Jerusalem Post
”From Backyard to Front Lawn”

Yedioth Ahronoth   7 Nights     “The Dreaming Kid” (May, 2015) Click  here  to read English version.

Yedioth Ahronoth 7 Nights
“The Dreaming Kid” (May, 2015)
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The Jerusalem Post     ”In his Own Backyard” ( August 26, 2015)

The Jerusalem Post
”In his Own Backyard” ( August 26, 2015)

Haaretz   (August 25, 2018)  Click  here  to read English version.

Haaretz (August 25, 2018)
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Haaretz   (August 26, 2018) Click  here  to read English version.

Haaretz (August 26, 2018)
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