Articles in Category: Artists


Frydlender’s Constructions

Written on August 08, 2007

Raid. 2003, Chromogenic color print by Barry Frydlender Collection of Miriam and David Landau, NY

What is Frydlender up to?

Barry Frydlender, the prominent Israeli photographer, is currently privileged with simultaneous exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  His New York exhibition consists of a mere 10 works that examine various aspects of Israeli life today.

Caravaggio and Evil

Written on July 25, 2007

David with the Head of Goliath (1606), oil on canvas (48” X 39”) by Caravaggio Galleria Borghese, Rome

Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio (1571-1610) was well acquainted with evil.  His short violent life careened wildly between prestigious painting commissions from the most powerful men in Rome and drunken street brawls with the lowest of the low.

Torahluminations by Peter Asher Pitzele

Written on March 30, 2004

Ruth and Boaz – collage by Peter Asher Pitzele Courtesy the artist

Whence an image? The awesome power of visual art unleashes meaning, complex and subtle. No wonder halacha warned us of its destructive power in false worship.  And yet we are driven to explore its permissible borders, wondering how to conceive of our narratives and unlock their mysteries in two and three dimensions. Artist Peter Asher Pitzele strives with his work to “open the mind’s eye” even as it gives us sensual pleasure.

The Whole Megillah
Megillah Esther by David Wander

Written on March 30, 2004

Ahashverous and Memuchan, illumination and calligraphy by David Wander Megillah Esther (2007)

Such a nice story the Megillah Esther is, don’t you think?  The poor Jews are in exile far from home and get into a bit of trouble with God for not being so careful about theirkashrus.  Their only sin was attending a treif banquet the headstrong King Ahashverous made for the whole kingdom.  And then sweet but unlucky Esther gets rounded up and taken to be the King’s queen.