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Amikam Toren addresses the basic nature of objects and images. He uses the materiality, function or form of things, re-representing them in a way that is an ‘improvement’ or reinvention of their original state. Language, meaning and interpretation are other central preoccupations in Toren’s work.

Born in Israel, 1945, Toren has lived in London since 1968 and has had solo exhibitions at The Serpentine Gallery, 1976; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1979; Chisenhale Gallery and Arnolfini, Bristol, 1991. His work has been included in the Paris Biennale, 1967; Venice Biennale, 1982; Tyne International, 1993 and the 4th Guangzhou Triennial, 2012. Other recent exhibitions include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2008; Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, 2009; Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2011; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2010, 2012 and 2015; John Moores Painting Prize, 2012; The Hite Foundation, Korea, 2013 and solo shows with MOT Brussels, 2014 and Art Seen Projects, Nicosia, 2015. Toren was awarded the Bryan Robertson Trust Award in 2012. His first solo exhibition in the USA was at the Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, 2013 where he will show again in 2016. He will be included in the exhibition ‘Unorthodox’ at the Jewish Museum, New York later this year and Anthony Reynolds Gallery will stage a solo presentation of Toren’s work as part of ‘Back to the Future’ at Artissima in Turin in November 2015. He exhibits regularly at the Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv and has been represented by Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London since 1985.


  • 2020
  • This Way Up, a fifty year retropective,
  • 2017
  • amikam toren, a collaboration with spazio 22, milan
  • 2013
  • reproductions
  • 2012
  • moving in the right direction
  • 2008
  • carrots
  • 2006
  • received wisdom
  • 2003
  • golem
  • 1996
  • three takes
  • 1991
  • armchair paintings
  • 1989
  • stacks
  • 1987
  • pidgin paintings
  • 1985
  • amikam toren


  • 2021
  • Amikam Toren: Representation as a Matter of Fact, Phillip Lindley, 756 Press
  • 2012
  • rome, drawings by amikam toren, words by peter stickland, 77 books
  • 1991
  • amikam toren, preface elisabeth a. macgregor, texts by christoph blase, michael archer, conor joyce and desa philippi, ikon gallery, birmingham, arnolfini gallery, bristol
  • 1987
  • amikam toren, pidgin paintings, text by patricia bickers, anthony reynolds gallery, london
  • 1984
  • amikam toren, actualities, text by david coxhead, matt’s gallery, london
  • 1979
  • replacing, amikam toren, text by sarah kent, institute of contemporary art, london
  • 1974
  • amikam toren, serpentine gallery, london. cat.

this way up

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  • A fifty year retrospective, in collaboration with Boyarsky Murphy Architects.