Curator & Advisor
For curatorial work in Israel
For selected publications in Hebrew
"We are known as a people with chutzpah. Our art must be the same" - Reuven Ruvi Rivlin, President of Israel - November 18, 2018
IAILA (Israeli Art in Los Angeles) is dedicated to cultural exchange and artistic cross pollination between the USA and the metropolitan areas of Israel. Representing Israeli and American artists, IAILA brings the best Israeli artists working today to the foreground of the American art world, and American artists to visit and create in Israel via exhibitions, lectures, consulting, art sales, artist residencies and special projects. Founded in 2017 by art historian, curator and advisor Sagi Refael, IAILA represents emerging, mid-career and established artists working in various media, as painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, installation, ceramics and video.
Based in Los Angeles, Sagi Refael is an established art historian, curator, writer, educator and advisor to collectors and artists. Believing that art overcomes borders and expands boundaries, IAILA focuses on work by artists that deal with cultural commentary and social involvement, feminism, LGBTQ and gender-fluid motivation and history, site-specific and process-based creations; in other words –
ART THAT OPENS HEARTS AND NOT JUST WALLETS.
Since 2004, Mr. Refael has contributed articles to numerous art catalogues published in Israel and abroad, and has curated in leading venues such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as well as many galleries and non-for-profit institutions and universities in Israel, Germany, China and the USA.
Mr. Refael has served as lead curator and director of a commercial art gallery in Tel Aviv; lectured at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Minshar Art College in Tel Aviv; and guest-lectured and curated in several art institutions and academies in Israel and the USA, including: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; The University of Southern California (USC), American Jewish University, and Los Angeles Hebrew High School in Los Angeles; California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; University of La Verne, La Verne; and Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto.