Biography

Miriam Cabessa was born in Casablanca, raised in Israel, and has been living and working in New York for the past ten years. She represented Israel at the 1997 Venice Biennale, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Jerusalem Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. By focusing on the rhythm of her breath as she makes her paintings, Cabessa creates patterns that emerge through the discipline of her minimal movements, a meditative technique in which the surface of the painting becomes sensitive to her every move. Cabessa says of her work, “It’s a form of action painting that describes a different experience of time.” The resulting images have qualities of precise digital work and at the same time act as explorations of human body and touch. Cabessa’s intimate physical interactions with the materials lend a performative aspect to the creation of the works. As part of Balancing Act, she will create a large-scale painting onsite in the basement of the gallery during the opening reception; the basement will act as “the subconscious” of the gallery space, and Cabessa will paint with a flashlight on her forehead, thereby illuminating only fragments of the canvas at a time, as if “embodying the remnants of a dream.” This process will be filmed live and the video subsequently projected on a wall in the basement for the remainder of the show.


EDUCATION

1997-98
Cultural Studies at Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, Israel
1990-92

Ha’Midrasha College of Art, Ramat-Ha’Sharon, Israel
1988-89

Kalisher College of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
79
, Slate Gallery, New York
2009

Slow Motion Action Painting
, Performance, Pulse Art Fair, New York
2008

Marking Time
, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York
2007

Shelef & Schneidman, Tel Aviv, Israel
Slate Gallery, New York
2005

Moti Hasson Gallery, New York
2004

Pack Gallery, Milan, Italy
2003

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2001

New Paintings, Stefan Stux Gallery, Project Room, New York
1999

Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Letters, “The Office” Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1998

Coins, Oranim College of Art, Israel
Installation, Kibbutz Rosh-Ha’nekra, Israel
Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1997

Venice Biennial, Israeli Pavilion, Venice, Italy
1996

The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Mary Faouzi Gallery, Jaffa, Israel
1995

Palindrome, Installation at Janco-Dada House, En-Hod, Israel
Work, Tel-Hai Gallery, Tel Hai, Israel
1994

Pyramus and Thisbe, Installation Kibbutz-Nachshon Gallery, Israel
Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010
Balancing Act,
with Gary Komarin and Karyn Olivier, Hendershot Gallery, New York
2008

Lyons Weir Ortt Gallery, New York
“Black & White”, Slate Gallery, New York
“Timeless: The Art of Drawing”, The Morris Museum, New Jersey
“Eventually We’ll Die: Young Art in Israel of the 90’s”, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
2007

“Of The Painted Image”, Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“The Big Show”, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York 2006
“Hybrid Space”, Kulture Gardin, New York
2005

“Dreaming Art dreaming Reality”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
“Head Over Hand: Pushing the Limits of Paint”, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York
“Little Red Riding Hood”, Art Basel Miami, DotFifty One Art Space, Miami, Florida
“On The Mark”, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
“Viewfinder”, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York
2004

“Paintings that paint themselves”  Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
“I want to take you higher”  McKenzie Gallery, New York
‘the sun still shines’  Pack Gallery  Milan Italy
‘Paintings that paint themselves’  Kresge Art Museum  East Lansing, Michigan
“STACCATO” Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York
2003

Momus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Scope, Armory Show 2003, New York
Liminal, Hamden Gallery, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Massachusetts
2002

Artscape 2002, curated by John Yau, Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland College of Art, Baltimore
New York in Texas, New Gallery, Houston, Texas
Armory Show 2002, Stefan Stux Gallery Booth, New York
Graham & Sons Gallery, New York
“Mother Tongue”, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
2000

The Vera & Arturo Schwartz Collection of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1999

LISTE 99, the Young Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1998

Spring at the End of Summer Young Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Women Artists, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
1997

The Museum Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1996

Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco, California
The Vera & Arturo Schwartz Collection of Contemporary Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
New in the Collection: Prints, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1995

The Ministry of Science and the Arts Prize for a Young Artist, Artist’s House Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Blind Spot Test, Pyramid Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University, Israel
1994

90-70-90, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Along New Lines: Israeli Drawing Today, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Meta-Sex, Mishkan-Le’Omnuyot Museum of Art & Bat-Yam Museum of Art, Israel
1993

Subtropical: Between Figural and Abstract, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Israel Museum, Jerusalem Tel Aviv Museum of Art Haifa Museum of Modern Art
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Israel
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Texas State University, Texas

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2001
International Studio & Curatorial Program, sponsored by the NY-Israel Cultural Corp. Commission
1995

Ministry of Science and the Arts Prize for Young Artists
The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize
1994

Scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation
1991

Scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Ann Aptaker, “Timeless: The Art of Drawing” , Morris Museum, 2008
Leah Abir, Orit Bulgaru. “Displacements” , The Ben-Ari Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007
Lia Gantigiano. “A Long Day on the Beach, Like a Curtain” Miriam Cabessa: My Story , 2005
Dalit Matityahu. “Miriam Cabessa – Vision On”, Dreaming Art dreaming Reality, The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation
Israeli Art Prize: The first decade, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel , 2005
Talya Halkin. “Miriam Cabessa”, ARTnews, pp 146,152, January 2004
Ricard, Rene.  “On Ludlow Street,” Interview Magazine, pp. 64, August 2002.
Walike, Deborah.  “A Cross to Beer,” Baltimore Jewish Times, August 2, 2002
Giuliano, Mike.  “Artscape Forever,” City Paper, pp. 36, July 31, 2002
James, Alexa.  “Getting the Best of the Fest – Your Way,” Baltimore Sun, pp. 5T, July 25, 2002.
McNatt, Glenn.  Baltimore Sun, pp. 3E, July 23, 2002.
Yau, John.  Three Strong Painters, 2002.
Breitberg-Semel, Sarah.  Friction: Venice Biennale, 1997.
Biennale di Venezia, Venice Biennial Catalogue, curated by Germane Celant, 1997.
Schwarz, Arturo.  Love at First Sight: The Vera, Silvia, & Arturo Schwartz Collection of Israeli Art.
Miriam Cabessa, Mary Faozi Gallery, 1996.
Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation, Tel Aviv Museum Catalogue, 1996.