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Adi Nes (b. 1966 in Kiryat Gatmarker) is an Israelimarker photographer. He is the son of Iranian and Kurdish immigrants who came to Israel in the 1950s from Iran. His exhibits have been shown from Tel Aviv to San Diego. He is probably most notable for this series entitled Soldiers which was criticized for its homoeroticism and usage of dark-skinned Israeli models who are often subject to discrimination for looking "Arab."[327744]

In 2003 he did a feature for Vogue Hommes. Nes has given solo exhibitions at the wexner center for the artsmarker, Legion of Honormarker in San Franciscomarker, the Tel Aviv Museum of Artmarker, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diegomarker, and the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdammarker, among others. His work has also shown in group exhibitions at the Hotel de Sullymarker in Parismarker and the Jewish Museummarker in New Yorkmarker, among many others. He has been reviewed in The New York Times, the Financial Times, and others. In 2005 Nes was chosen as an outstanding artist of the prestigious Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Nes' most famous piece recalls Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, * replacing the characters with young male Israeli soldiers. A print sold at auction in Sotheby's for $102,000 in 2005, and another for $264,000 in 2007. The work appeared on the front page of the New York Times in May, 2008.

Nes' early work has been characterized as subverting the stereotype of the masculine Israeli man by using homoeroticism and sleeping, vulnerable figures. He regularly uses dark-skinned Israeli models. The models' poses often evoke the Baroque period. Nes has said that the inspiration for his photography is partially autobiographical:

Nes lives and works in Tel Avivmarker. His work is currently sold through Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. In January 2007, he premiered a new series echoing Biblical stories.

External links


  1. Curriculum Vitae on Adi Nes' official site.
  2. Sothebys' (Requires free registration) Includes commentary on the piece.
  4. ‘Real Time’ at Israel Museum: Artists Absorb Their Country’s Heritage, and Move On - New York Times
  5. Hamlin, Jesse, Adi Nes uses classical composition to portray Israeli soldiers, SF Gate, April 22, 2004.
  6. Somkze, Catherine, Meeting with Adi Nes / Biblical Stories, Eyemazing, February 2006.
  7. Schalit, Joel, Portrait of the Artist as Political Philosopher,, July/August 2006.

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