Richard Heinrich Artist Reception
RESIST/PERSIST/INSIST: STREET ART IN THE FLORENTIN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD HEINRICH
JUNE 6 – JULY 8
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 • 6-8 p.m.
In the hip, South Tel Aviv neighborhood of the Florentin, art is everywhere – from eye-level to rooftops, on building walls, doors, and store grates. This exhibit of photographs presents the colorful pop cartoons, political portrayals, collages and arresting abstract images that are found throughout the Florentin. Biting social commentary alongside the whimsical and romantic – this is the street art of the Florentin. Richard Heinrich is a retired psychiatrist, former Hospice Medical Director and avid photographer. A decision to study Hebrew led to an extended stay in Israel, living in South Tel Aviv. Here he encountered the vitality and intensity of Israeli street art. “We, as a public have little to say about how our neighborhoods look,” says Heinrich, “and the design of the buildings we live in. For me, the artists of the Florentin were taking back the streets for the public. Their work was intense and beautiful and provocative. Several times a week, I’d take long walks through the Florentin, searching for arresting images. And I was never disappointed. Ever.”