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A Stroll Through Tel Aviv

Bauhaus, bookstores, opinionated people, and strong coffee: On Israel Independence Day, a Tel Aviv-born artist captures the scenes of her native city

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'My Tel Aviv: It Is Not England' by Maira Kalman

'My Tel Aviv: But it has a bookstore...' by Maira Kalman

'My Tel Aviv: So many Bauhaus buildings...' by Maira Kalman

'My Tel Aviv: A great mess of a chair' by Maira Kalman

'My Tel Aviv: The Russian woman' by Maira Kalman
This piece was originally published on September 5, 2008.

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Pelyott says:

Brilliant – in every respect. Look forward to more – and more – and more!

GerrardCoxwell says:

Maira Kalman is one of my most favourite artists. I cherish every time I stumble across something new she has done, but seeing Tel Aviv through her eyes is really just making me swoon.

marcellawachtel says:

Maira Kalman- marvelous pictures!

I love Maira Kalman’s work BUT – this kind of presentation romanticizes Israel and the Jews in a way that advances foolish optimism about the Jewish state.  Tel Aviv is a great city but one that is not devoid of the all the issues that Israel is not facing very well, despite the fact that many intellectuals and artists over time were born Jewish. For example, the molotov cocktails thrown by native Israeli residents of the Shapira neighborhood at places where foreign workers (who can never benefit from what Israel has to offer, because they are not Jewish).  Israel needs to face up to its reality and let’s not get teary eyed about famous Jews. Perhaps Kalman could take a walk in Lod – a very interesting multi-cultural slum, next time she’s here.

spostol says:

Maira is wonderful! Lisa Katz needs a laxative.

leahsss says:

Lisa, Give us a break and let us enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Tel Aviv and these upbeat illustraitions of our beautiful city. The existential threats that we live with every single day are always with us, but let the sun shine in once in a while.


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A Stroll Through Tel Aviv

Bauhaus, bookstores, opinionated people, and strong coffee: On Israel Independence Day, a Tel Aviv-born artist captures the scenes of her native city