Robert Davidovitz: What Will Remain


What Will Remain by Robert Davidovitz, 2020. Photo by Morris Lum.

What Will Remain

Now on view 24/7 in the FENTSTER window gallery

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, FENTSTER opens a new, non-virtual exhibition in downtown Toronto to bring art to the city during challenging times.

In a striking site-specific stained glass art installation, Toronto artist Robert Davidovitz pays homage to his roots in Eastern Europe and to the fragile material that buttressed his family for generations. Davidovitz is best known for his woven paintings that explore dynamic palettes and the materiality of paint. In this new work created for FENTSTER, he extends his study of colour and form into the medium of glass, embracing a family practice that began with his grandfather who repaired broken windows in post-war Vilna and then continued with his father who in turn opened a window business upon immigrating to Israel in the 1970s, often restoring synagogue stained glass. Windows were again the family’s entré into a new life after moving to Canada.

In his father’s workshop, Davidovitz fashioned his glass installation, informed by a 1935 painting Marc Chagall made upon visiting the private Vilna synagogue of an influential 18th-century Rabbi known as the Gaon (genius) of Vilna. Intertwining personal and collective memory, Davidovitz reinterpreted the colourful windows seen in Chagall’s canvas of the synagogue that was later destroyed during the war. Cracked panes remind us how brokenness is a part of life, undeniable at a time when our existence feels shattered.

What Will Remain is curated by Evelyn Tauben. Lighting design by Nick Blais.

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Image L to R: Robert Davidovitz, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Evelyn Tauben, Sarah Gordon

Online Exhibition Opening
Monday, May 18 | 7 – 8 PM
Livestreamed on FENTSTER’s Facebook Page

Join an engaging livestream conversation between artist Robert Davidovitz and curator Evelyn Tauben hosted by esteemed international scholar and Toronto native, New York’s Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. The virtual vernissage will also feature a live performance by the lead singer of the New York-based band Yiddish Princess, Sarah Gordon, of the Yiddish poem, “Ver Vet Blaybn”, by Avrom Sutzkever that inspired the exhibition title.

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Robert Davidovitz is an Israeli born, Toronto-based artist. He received his B.A. in Visual Arts from York University. Best known for his “Woven Paint” series, his work has been exhibited in public galleries and museums including Durham Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, and most recently at Museum London. Davidovitz has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and has been featured in various publications and press including the Huffington Post, Moco Loco, and Bizarre Beyond Belief.

Presenting site-specific installations of contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for “window”) is an independent, artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism. Makom is a diverse, grassroots, downtown Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values. FENTSTER projects are on view 24/7. Visitors are requested to maintain physical distancing precautions at all times.

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