Most of the artists featured in the following collection were members of the 'Ten Plus' group. Formed in August 1965 at the Tel Aviv home of Raffi Lavie, the group's ten founding members stressed the importance of individual style over a common ideology. Along with Lavie, the artists, including Henry Shelesnyak, Aviva Uri and Michael Druks, were influenced by trends in American Pop Art and French Nouveau Réalisme. In a series of non-conventional exhibitions and experiments in collective work, the artists focused on employing unusual formats and materials and exceptional images.
Both Uri and Lavie were influenced by the linear scrawls (or personal handwriting) that characterizes the work of Arie Aroch. Aroch broke with the 'New Horizons' group in 1955, and developed his own language of visual abstraction inspired by cultural images, literature, and personal memories.
The Ten Plus artists frequently exhibited together at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and at the Gordon Gallery in the late 1960s. All of the works presented in this group were acquired directly from the artists by the present owner.
"Ten Plus's lack of common ideology was intentional, the group wanted to avoid constraints on members' individuality... above all, there was humour..., their exhibitions were an orgy of urbane visual gags, flaunting something of the Dada spirit: they were irritating, defied convention and drew considerable attention from the public and critics" (G. Ofrat, Art in Israel, Boulder, 1998, pp. 227-228).