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Amikam Toren makes canvases, works on paper and objects that take found images and ‘improve’ or mend them. For example, a shattered milk bottle is painstakingly reassembled to a state of near completeness. Language, meaning and interpretation are key preoccupations in Toren’s work. Here he transforms the bland graphics of signage into an expression of the emotional values of a shared existence.
Toren was born in Israel in 1945, where he also studied. He is represented by Anthony Reynolds Gallery and has had solo shows at the ICA, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Serpentine Gallery; Matt’s Gallery, London; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and Chisenhale Gallery, London.. Recent group exhibitions include Jerwood Space, London, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Tintype, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Venice Biennale; National Portrait Gallery, London; and the 2012 Guangzhou Biennale in China. The limited edition A Users Guide to Married Life has now been included in the Government Art Collection.