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The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is proud to present an exhibit of Nava Gidanian-Kagan’s most recent body of work as well as a retrospective featuring many of the artist’s earlier works. The exhibit, curated by M.Gosser, is called "Unfolding” and will open on Sunday, March 3, with a public reception from 1-4 p.m.


“The core subject of my work is the nature of impermanence and its manifestation in our daily life. Coming from an Iranian family, moving from Israel, where life and death are a daily struggle; I know that life is precious.  “Written in Skin” (my recent body of work) is painted in layers of wax and oil, emulating a memory of the body and its fragility. Abstracted within the figure; I am stretching the limits between what is seen and what can be represented, confronting mortality and vulnerability. The goal of my work is to bring these tender moments to the front of the stage; from my personal view to a universal one and transform them into a meaningful experience that embraces all shades of life. In my earlier work, I painted from direct observation, capturing fragile moments that strike me with their humble beauty of everyday life. I researched the changing natural light in the continuously transforming reality, fascinated by the diversity of abstract forms and shapes, textures, and the graceful harmony of color.”  - Nava Gidanian-Kagan



Nava Gidanian-Kagan is an Iranian-Israeli artist based in New York and Jersey City. She was awarded the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Residency at MANA Contemporary (2017), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (2014), and the Terra Foundation for the Arts Award in Giverny, France (2014). She has participated in the residency programs of: The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture in Umbria, Italy (2005, 2004) and The Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007). 


Nava has exhibited both nationally and internationally including: The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, NY (2017), Dedee Shattuck Gallery, MA (2017), Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City (2017), The Experimental Gallery, New York (2016), Flux Factory, New York (2016), A.I.R Gallery, New York (2016), Sotheby’s, New York (2016), Panepinto Galleries, New Jersey (2015), Collier West Gallery, New York (2015), Wilkinson Hall Gallery, New York (2015), Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2012), Burchfield Penney Art Museum, Buffalo, NY, (2012), Marion Art Gallery, Fredonia, NY (2012), Olean Public Library Gallery, Olean, NY (2011), BAS, Buffalo, NY (2011), Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY (2011), Gallery 33, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2006), ISA Gallery, Umbria, Italy (2004/5) and Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art (2015), the Jerusalem Studio School (2006).  Her website is:  www.navagidanian.com



“Unfolding” will continue through Sunday, May 5 with various programs happening on the Sunday afternoons in between March 3 and May 5.