Richard McBeeRichard McBee
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BIOGRAPHY
Richard McBee was born in New York City.  He studied painting at the Art Students League of New York and has dealt exclusively with subject matter from the Torah and Jewish history in figurative narratives since 1976.  The subjects of his paintings have included: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph & Potiphar’s Wife, Judah & Tamar, Moses, Exodus, Children of Israel in the Desert, Pinchas, Ruth, David, Ezekiel, Holocaust.  In 1991 he was one of the founding members of the American Guild of Judaic Art.  Since 2008 he has been active as a curator in the Jewish Art Salon in New York City,

He has surveyed the Jewish Arts scene from 2000 until 2014 in a column in the Jewish Press, also publishing in the Forward, The Jewish Week and JewishIdeasDaily blogsite. Lecturing throughout the country, his artwork is also in many private collections.  His website; richardmcbee.com, exhibits over 300 of his artworks and at least 225 of his Jewish Art reviews.

EDUCATION

 

  • New York University; BA Summa Cum Laude, Gallatin School 2000 – 2005
  • Yeshiva University (non-matriculated), New York; 1993 - 1994
  • Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, Yeshiva, New York; 1988 – 1992
  • Art Students League of New York, 1963 – 1967: Jean Liberte & Edward Melcarth

 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
 

 

 

  • New York/New Work - 3 Hagar Paintings in Jewish Art Salon group Exhibition - Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel - November 2015 - March 2016
  • Jerusalem Biennale 2015 - Jewish Art Salon Pavilion / Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem - September - November 2015
  • Evil: A Matter of Intent - Group Exhibition - Hebrew Union College, NY - September 2015 - June 2016
  • The Sexuality Spectrum – Group Exhibition – Hebrew Union College, NY – September 2012 – June 2013  (thereafter traveling)                               
  • Terror: Artist’s Respond – Group Exhibition – Dershowitz Center Gallery at Industry City, Brooklyn, NY, September 2011 – October 2011
  • Dura Europos Project – Jewish Art Salon Group Exhibition – Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art: December, 2010 – March 2011
  • Sarah’s Trials – One-person exhibition 16 oil paintings    (ea 6’ x 5’) JCC Manhattan, August – October 2010 (including 4 panel discussions)
  • Esther Series – Group Exhibition; Bronfman Center for Jewish – NYU – September, 2009
  • Imagining Sinai – Giving the Torah and Coercion – One-person exhibit – The Sixteenth Street Synagogue – May – September, 2009
  • Tzelem – Likeness and Presence in Jewish Art – Jewish Art Salon - Group Exhibition & Panel Discussions – Stanton Street Synagogue – April 26 – May 17, 2009
  • Sarah’s Trials – One-person exhibition 16 paintings (ea 6’ x 5’) Brooklyn College Art Gallery, March – October 2009
  • God Passes By – One-person exhibition, Chassidic Art Institute, Brooklyn  – January 2009
  • Scenes from the Bible - Group Exhibition; The Synagogue for the Arts, New York- September, 2007
  • Waldsee – 1944; Hebrew Union College Museum, New York, August 2005 (thereafter traveling)
  • Bamidbar: Contemporary Paintings of the Biblical Wilderness Narrative; 55 Mercer Street Gallery, March 2005
  • Group Exhibition; Brooklyn Jewish Arts Gallery, Congregation B’nai Jacob, May 2003
  • The Biblical Artists Group; Retrospective Group show; 55 Mercer Street Gallery, September 2000
  • The Binding of Isaac; Group show; Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska & Washington, D.C. National Jewish Museum at B'nai Brith; Ori Soltes, curator; 1997-1998
  • Abraham & Isaac; One-person show of 24 paintings derived from Genesis 22; 1-9;  Civic Center Synagogue Gallery; N. Y.; 1996
  • Halacha and the Graven Image; The Jewish Center, New York.  Group exhibition & slide lecture by Dr. Shalom Sabar (Senior Lecturer, Art History, Hebrew University, Israel) 1996
  • Ceremonial Menorah; Shomrim Society, New York Police Department. 1991
  • International Jewish Festival 1990; Chicago, Illinois
  • Jewish Crafts in America; Abraham Goodman House,  N.Y. 1990
  • Contemporary Artifacts 1989; National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • International Jewish Festival '89 & '90; New York 1989 1990
  • Triumph and Faith; One-person show; Sculpture Installation Fifth Avenue Windows and Lobby,  838 Fifth Avenue; Union of American Hebrew Congregations, N.Y. 1988
  • Menorah Presentation; Office of the Consul General, Israeli Consulate, N.Y. 1986;  Reproduced in Celebration, The Book of Jewish Festivals, 1987
  • Artists of the Alliance of Figurative Artists; New York Studio School, N.Y. 1984
  • Sacred Discontent; Group Show, Gallery 120, N.Y. 1981
  • Biblical Paintings; One-person show, Gallery 120, N.Y. 1980
  • Artists in the Biblical Tradition; Hudson Guild Gallery, N,Y, 1979
  • Biblical and Mythical Themes; 47 Bond Street Gallery, N.Y. 1977

 
LECTURES
 

 

 

  • Hagar the Stranger - PP Lecture: Jerusalem Biennale, September 2015; Temple Shalom, Succasunna, NJ – February, 2014
  • Ruth in Jewish Art: Reality, Devotion and Mystery – PP Lecture at Congregation Adereth El Sisterhood, NY – May, 2013
  • Esther’s Day: Purim in Art – PP Lecture with Rabbi Allen Schwartz at Congregation Ohab Zedek, NY – February 3, 2013; Hebrew Home in Riverdale, March 2012
  • The Golden Age of Jewish Art: Art and Its Advocates – panel with Ben Schachter, Matthew Baigell & Daniel Schifrin – Association for Jewish Studies – Chicago, Il – December 17, 2012
  • Jewish Art Primer: PP lectures: Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, March 2012; Hebrew Home in Riverdale, January 2012; JCC Manhattan October 2010; Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 2010;
  • The Rabbis and Uppity Women: (Potiphar’s Wife/Joseph and Tamar/Yehuda Narratives); Lecture: 6th Street Community Synagogue, NY, May 2013;  JCC Manhattan, May, 2010
  • Sarah’s Trials – PP Lecture on 16 large paintings on the life of Sarah; Temple Shalom, Succasunna, NJ; November 2009; Jewish Art Salon; December 2008
  • Women, The Rabbis and Jewish Art – Lecture Series at Arizona State University; February 2008
  • Why Jews are Afraid of Jewish Art– Panel, Yeshiva University/Stern College Arts Festival; April 2005
  • Menorahs: Intimate Spaces– Lecture, Congregation Ohab Zedek; December 2004
  • Visual Discourse as Torah Commentary: Binding of Isaac - Yeshivat Chovevei Torah; November 2004
  • Three Contemporary Jewish Artists – Lecture at Friedman Society, Jewish Museum; October 2004
  • The Golden Haggadah - A Preview of Pesach, Lecture examining the meanings and biblical references in a I5th century illuminated Passover manuscript.  Cooper Union Student Group; March 1998
  • Our Lights Through the Ages - Hanukiot - Lecture and survey of three hundred years of Hanukah menorahs. Young Israel of Fifth Avenue; 1997
  • Rabbis Lookat Jewish Art - A slide presentation and dialogue with prominent orthodox Rabbi Allen Schwartz on the issues raised in six works of Jewish Art; Congregation Ohab Zedek - 1997
  • The Binding of Isaac, Select Visions - Slide lecture.   An art historical survey of 40 works of art (Jewish and non-Jewish sources) covering 1800 years of representations of the Binding of Isaac; Congregation Ohab Zedek – 1997
  • Working with the Akeidah for 15 Years - Slide presentation reviewing 15 years of painting Genesis 22; 1-9, in conjunction with one man exhibition at Civic Center Synagogue Gallery - 1996
  • Idolatry-Torah's War Against the Image - Slide presentation in conjunction with presentation by Rabbi Richard Borah concerning the prohibition of idolatry as discussed in rabbinic sources; Congregation Ohab Zedek -1996
  • Jewish Art - Hersey or Decoration - A slide lecture at Jewish Art forum.  Young Israel of Fifth Avenue- June 1996
  • The Tabernacle - Palace of the Forbidden - Cooper Union Student Group; March 1996

 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 

 

 

  • Cited in Who's Who in America 2016
  • Column of critical reviews on Jewish Art, The Jewish Press; 2000 – 2014
  • Contemporary Jewish Art – The Challenge – essay – Milin Havivin – Yeshivat Chovevie Torah Rabbinical School – Fall 2014           
  • Contemporary Jewish Art: An Assessment – essay – Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, Ruth Weisberg, editor – January 2013
  • Bezalel’s Legacy – Commentary on Exodus 30:11 – CCAR Journal – Winter 2013
  • Reimagining and Reconfiguring Jewish Art: McBee’s Akeida Series by Matthew Baigell: Ars Judaica, Bar Ilan University, Spring, 2009
  • Jewish Art in America by Matthew Baigell; cited p156, illustration 7.4
  • Picturing God – Chagall’s etchings; 'The Bible'- Exhibition review;  Jewish Week,  August, 1995

 
 
ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

  • Association for Jewish Studies - Professional Membership - 2012 to present
  • International Association of Art Critics (AICA – Press) 2013 to present
  • Jewish Art Salon – founding member; 2008 – present
  • The American Guild of Judaic Art – founding member; 1991 – 2000
  • Jewish Art Forum – Lectures at Young Israel of Fifth Avenue and Congregation Ohab Zedek; 1996-1997
  • Young Israel of Fifth Avenue ; The Sixteenth Street Synagogue; President, 1993 - 1995;  1997- 2000;  2005 – 2010; 2011 - 2013
  • Sixth Street Community Synagogue Center - President 2014 to present
  • Alliance of Figurative Artists; Educational Alliance, Program Director; 1976-1987.

 
CURATOR
 

JOMIX - Jewish Comics: Art & Derviation (with Joel Silverstein & Aimee Rubensteen) Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art - August - November 2015

Dura Europos Project-  – (with Joel Silverstein) Jewish Art Salon Exhibition & Panel Discussions – Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art: December, 2010 – March, 2011
 
Seduced by the Sacred-(with Joel Silverstein) Jewish Art Salon Exhibition & Panel Discussions – Mandell JCC Hartford & Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT – October – November, 2010
 
Tzelem – Likeness and Presence in Jewish Art– (with Joel Silverstein) Jewish Art Salon Exhibition & Panel Discussions – Stanton Street Synagogue – April - May, 2009
 

Shards Across Time: Holocaust Survivor Art; Brooklyn Jewish Arts Gallery; 2003