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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. …
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…
Podwal’s Books Mark Podwal is a busy, busy man.  He has spent the last 38 years making every conceivable kind of art: innumerable paintings, 28 illustrated books written by him and the likes of Elie Wiesel, Harold Bloom and Francine Prose, children’s books, Haggadot, ceramics…
Lilith by Siona Benjamin Siona Benjamin’s exhibition Finding Home: The Art of Siona Benjamin is simply beautiful.  Set in the spacious lobby gallery of the JCC Manhattan, it allows for a peaceful (when the kids, nannies and crowds subside) contemplation of this complex artist’s meditations on…
Siona Benjamin’s Megillas Esther There is nothing funny about Siona Benjamin’s Megillas Esther (2010).  Unlike some contemporary illuminated megillas that emphasize the absurd and outlandish nature of the corrupt Persian court and the buffoonish character of the king, Benjamin takes the Book of Esther quite…
Learning to Count: Omer Counter by Judith Margolis I am still counting. But when you, dear reader, see this, you will have finished, having safely arrived at Matan Torah.  Nonetheless, even if you meditated deeply each and every day, the fact is that we still…
Harry McCormick’s Paintings: A Unique Jewish Genre At the Chassidic Art Institute one artist, Harry McCormick, has rather amazingly fathomed the authentic heartbeat of the individual Jewish life.  This exhibition, running until July 25, shows a mere 16 paintings, but within the major works he…

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