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                    Haim Azuz."Reclining Woman" bronze

                         New York, April 16, 1990                  Artspeak

Haim Azuz`s form links spirit with body

               Joseph Merkel

             Israeli sculptor Haim Azuz is able
to integrate the spirit of a person with
the bodily form. His bronzes always
respond to his sense of rhythm . in his
works which were shown at Artexpo NY
and which now can be seen more
completely in his gallery / studio in the 
Artists Colony of Safad , Israel, the body
seems to meld within itself or with the 
chair/lounge,which he employs in
several pieces.In other works, often
more abstract , Azuz employs rhythmic
curves to "roll" the body into a ball-like
        Azuz`s bronzes may be partly or
completely abstract . His figures , often 
nudes , are stylizet "Torso" is among
his more abstract works that remain 
figurative --a rhythmic sweeping form
with a long slender side silhouette that
demonstrates the dynamic rhythms in
his work. Some pieces are quite slender,
like the seated man in "The Sailing"
whercas a seated woman is more
"raised" as in "Night Flight" "Dancer"
is also an abstraction , for the figure is
reducet to its ecence in form and

          All the works are done by Azuz
with excellent professional technique.
While the pieces at Artexpo NY were 
not very large , he no doubt has larger 
works in his studio. All the bronze
castings he finishes himself . He can do
them in a variety of patinas or with a 
high polish, which is very striking in his
figure pieces.
         One is left with the impression of
great beauty amid dynamic rhyhms that
are characteristic of every piece. Tthere is
also a sense of inner beauty which exists
in the spirit of the artist himself and 
which he transmutes into his works by
his sense of form and his graceful
rhythms. The work of  Haim Azuz
would enrich a trip to the beautiful and
mild city of Safad. One could ask to see
photos or slides of the work by writing 
to him at Artist`s Colony Safad.
Azuz, exhibited in tel-aviv Museum 
and at the Petah Tikwa Museum and 
has works in private collections in many
countries of the world.