"Sam Havadtoy: Beauty is Mystery", New Exhibition Opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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TEL AVIV.- Sam Havadtoy was born in London in 1952 and raised in Hungary. After travels in Europe he arrived in New York in 1972, where he worked as an interior designer; among others, he designed homes for John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was the beginning of a relationship that lasted over 20 years, first as the couple’s friend and later, from 1981, after Lennon’s murder, as Yoko Ono’s companion. In recent years, Havadtoy has been living and working in Italy. Working as an interior designer in New York, in 1975 Havadtoy also turned to painting. He spent time with the protagonists of the American art world, among them Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, as well as the composer John Cage, the choreographer Merce Cunningham, emerging talents like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and other, and equally gifted emerging artists. The artist who fascinated him most, personally as well as professionally, was Warhol. Other