Covering Jewish Art: Tobi Kahn At MOBIA
11/15/2009 - 01:00
Jonathan Mark
Sunday, November 15th, 2009 The Jewish Week is proud of our arts coverage, but let’s take a look at what else is out there. Slowly, with the years, the art coverage at The Jewish Press has emerged as one of the finest (if not THE finest) when it comes to covering Jewish art. Not just work by born-Jewish artists, most of whom are thoroughly disconnected from their Judaism and Jewish literacy, but covering art by Jewish artists whose work is infused with a sophisticated and native Jewish-religious sensibility equal to the artistic talent (such as can be seen in the work of Tobi Kahn). The reviewer, too, has to have a religious vocabulary and consciousness, a feel for what it means to actually inhabit these sacred spaces, for the review to be coherent and useful. The Jewish Press is blessed in the regard by the presence of Richard McBee, a great soul, a great artist, a wise and perceptive reviewer, someone with that true fusion of  Jewish-artistic sensibility. And it’s good to see Tablet, the new and wonderful online Jewish journal, be a go-to place for excellent Jewish arts coverage, as well.   Here’s Tablet’s review of the new Tobi Kahn show at The Museum of Biblical Art. Here’s The Jewish Press review of the same show. And here’s McBee’s review of another recent Kahn exhibition earlier this year.

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