Yoram Wolberger

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Blue Cowboy #2 (Rifleman), 2008 / reinforced cast fiberglass composite and pigmented resin / 75 x 60 x 22 inches / edition of 3 + 2 APs


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Artist Biography

Yoram Wolberger uses childhood toys and everyday domestic items to create his large scale sculptures, foregrounding the latent symbolism and cultural paradigms of these objects that so subtly inform Western culture. By enlarging this ephemera to life size, Wolberger emphasizes the distortions of their original manufacture disallowing any real illusion and conceptually forcing the viewer to reconsider their meanings. When enlarged beyond any possibility of dismissal, we see that toy soldiers create lines between Us and Them, plastic cowboys and Indians marginalize and stereotype the Other, even wedding cake bride and groom figurines dictate our expected gender roles.

Wolberger (b. 1963, Tel Aviv, Israel) earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute's (CA) New Genres Department. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), deCordova Sculpture Park (MA), the Aldrich Contemporary Museum (CT), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (IL) and the Israeli Museum of Modern Art (Israel) among others. His works have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (CA) and the McNay Art Museum (TX). The artist lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

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Exhibitions


"OPEN"

"OPEN"

Jan 8 – Feb 12, 2011

SUMMER PLEASURES

SUMMER PLEASURES

Jul 9 – Aug 20, 2005

Yoram Wolberger

Yoram Wolberger

Sep 10 – Oct 23, 2004


Selected Press

Palm Beach ArtsPaper - Boca Museum’s ‘Pop Culture’ gives us images of what we really are

San Diego Source - The intersection of visual art and the library

Beautiful Decay - Toy Art: Artists Incorporate The Objects Of Our Youth

Hi Fructose Magazine - Wax Sculptures by Arists Yoram Wolberger

Utah's Art Magazine - We Can Be Heroes: Superman and Monsters invade BYU's MOA

Daily Herald - Y Museum plays host to hereos and monsters

Fox13 News Salt Lake City - Art Exhibit investigates modern heroes, monsters

Home&Design - CA Mission

North Adams - MoCA Kidspace Exhibit

Haute Living - Millennium tower Unveils Exclusive Art For Public Viewing

Boum!Bang! - Yoram Wolberger

Cool Hunting - Yoram Wolberger Debuts His First Public Installation in a San-Francisco High-Rise

War and the Visceral - Toy Soldiers Revisited

The Morning News - Cosa Nostalgia

The Huffington Post - Artist Spotlight: Yoram Wolberger's "Cowboys and Indians"

ArtInfo - The Weekly Ten

Yoram Wolberger : Cowboys and Indians - In conjunction with Benrimon Contemporary solo exhibit

Yoram Wolberger : E-Catalogue 3 - Ballpark

Yoram Wolberger : E-Catalogue 1 - Cowboys and Indians

Yoram Wolberger : E-Catalogue 2 - Trophies

The Delighted Observationist - Exhibition Review: the Brooklyn's American Identities and Native Representation

San Diego Union-Tribune - Branching Out

Art 21 Blog - Farm Girl in the Brooklyn Museum

The New York Times - ART REVIEW; Visions of Native Americans in Today's World

The New York Times - A Pile of Blankets, With Personal History Woven Into the Fabric

Sacramento Bee - Out of the ordinary

San Francisco Weekly - Bombs Away

Boston Herald - 'Overt' forces look at aggression

Art Journal - Fantasy and force: a brief consideration of artists and war in the American Century

OC Metro - Provacative Summer Shows

SF Gate - Casentini's rectangles tease the eye

SF Gate - Pleasures in rich pools of color

San Francisco Chronicle - Rooms With A View

San Jose Museum of Art - Domestic Odyssey