Transition Time brings together six texts written by Neumann for catalogues of art exhibitions, and one additional newspaper article. Alongside their consistent engagement with certain time-periods and issues in the history of Israel and Germany, these texts share several recurring thematic explorations: immigration, time, drifting, and the search for home and place. The book includes several images from the exhibitions for which the texts were written, as well as photographs of passages in Israeli cities by artist Gaston Zvi Ickowicz; it is published to commemorate Boaz, a year after his passing.
On May 16th, 2015, Dr. Boaz Neumann passed away at the age of 43. Neumann was an historian, a productive and innovative Israeli intellectual. He was an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Tel Aviv University, and published six books, mostly about history of modern Germany, with a focus on the first half of the twentieth century. In conjunction with his main scholarly activities, Neumann wrote about art so to fuse discussions about it with historical and philosophical knowledge. He aimed at exceeding standardized forms of writing, by using clear and approachable prose that rejected the often convoluted alienating genres of art critique.