Jacob El Hanani
photo-etching, 1978, signed in pencil, dated and annotated "A.P.", an artist's proof impression aside from the numbered edition of approximately 35, on off-white wove paper; a very slight handling crease in the lower margin but otherwise in very good condition
plate 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
sheet 18 1/2 x 19 inches
Jacob El Hanani was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1947, grew up in Israel, and has lived in New York for many years. Since the early 1970s he has been creating highly detailed works in the tradition of micography, the ancient Hebrew technique used to illustrate manuscripts with designs and text made up of thousands of minutely drawn marks. In some cases the 'marks' are minuscule letters or words, while in other cases, such as this etching, they are purely short, abstract lines. This is one of only two prints the artist has made.
El Hanani's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; National Gallery of Art, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; and Jewish Museum, NY; amongst others.