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Untitled, after Manet
February, 2004


Untitled, after Manet is a work that was created specially for the exhibition "One Pink Rose, Organic Art in a Digital Era" which took place at "Prison 6" military prison, Atlit, Israel in February, 2004. The exhibition was conceived and curated by Rafram Chadad and Lance Hunter at the time of the imprisonment of 5 reserve soldiers who refused to serve in the occupied territories.  129 Israeli artists created pieces of work which were exhibited inside the prison cells of the conscientious objectors.

The work is a color photocopy of Manet's Luncheon on the Grass with the addition of handwritten text reading "Sometimes even a pink rose can shock the bourgeois".

The piece also features the following excerpts from Karl Ruhrberg's Art of the Twentieth Century;

None of the impressionists could be called social revolutionaries or barricade fighters, it was the rejection, scorn and derision poured upon them by press and public that transformed this loose group of artists into secessionists.

Those who could avoided military service during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. (From Art of the 20th Century, by Karl Ruhrberg, 1998)

Untitled, after Manet comments on the role of the artist, throughout history, as an agent of social change.