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Michael Turner

(b Kibbutz Mesilot, June 4, 1946).

Israeli sculptor. He studied painting in Tel Aviv with Rafi Levi (b 1936). Visiting New York in 1973, he confronted the idioms of Minimalism, and devoted his time to creating site-specific sculptures. Back in Israel he started a period of activity with the series Tables (e.g. Arrangement of Six, wood, 1973–4; artist’s col., see 1991 exh. cat., p. 23), in which he placed ‘furniture’ and images in specific sites. This theme developed the problems of perception into the relationship of the sculpture within architectural space, his kibbutz utilitarianism of bare essentials generating inductive thinking. His painting background reintegrated itself into his next sculpture series, Narcissus (e.g. 1980; Jerusalem, Israel Mus.; 1982; Tel Aviv, Mus. A.), in which long bars of wood were interconnected, giving the impression of line-drawings in space. In 1984 he reintroduced colour into his work with a sculptural series entitled Boat, Bridge and Yellow Chair...