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Persian Jews at Yeshiva University Museum Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York reviews 2500 years of Jewish cultural history and survival in one Middle Eastern diaspora.  
Bonhams & Sotheby's Judaica 2013 It is a rare season indeed when two major auction houses are showing not only resplendent offerings of Judaica, but also multiple examples of highly unusual and rare Jewish themed fine art.  That is indeed the case right now both…
Simon Gaon’s Jewish Paintings Bagel Take Out, a rather large (54” X 50”), oil painting by Simon Gaon, confronts the viewer with a typically challenging New York sidewalk vista.  As is usual in our tumultuous city, people, food and signage are constantly being thrust into…
Chagall: Love, War and Exile Groundbreaking and courageous.  The current exhibition at the Jewish Museum has tackled what is easily the most vexing subject in the career of the most beloved of Jewish artists; Marc Chagall (1887-1985). Namely: his persistent, indeed obsessive, use of the…
Lynda Caspe: Biblical Reliefs and Cityscapes Lynda Caspe’s current exhibition at the Derfner Museum is an extraordinary event.  In this show of 12 bronze relief sculptures and 14 cityscape paintings we have the opportunity to see the full scope of her last six years work…
Milewicz Paintings: The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances The philosopher Theodor Adorno famously wrote in 1949; “cultural criticism finds itself with the final stage of the dialectic of culture and barbarism. To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.”  This statement posited that the Holocaust exposed the…
The Art of Eli Frucht Self Portrait (detail), oil on canvas, 16 x 16 by Eli Frucht, courtesy the artist How and why does a person become an artist? The ways and means are many and yet each person finds their own unique path; sometimes straight…
Hyman Bloom's Studio Hyman Bloom: Paintings and Drawings (1940–2005), currently at White Box (the cutting edge international art space on Broome Street), is a rare opportunity to observe the creative process of one of the most important practitioners of 20th century Jewish Art in America. …
Defiance Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski and Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, courtesy Paramount Vantage Pictures When God hides His face, it seems Jews are on their own. Defiance, the story of the Jewish partisan combat group headed by the Bielski brothers in the new movie by…
Contemporary Book Art and Hebrew Texts The “book” is a mighty big place these days and the current exhibition at MOBIA, As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts is no exception.  Highly mobile eBooks compete with online publications and traditionally bound…

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