Art

Rembrandt And The Jews

It’s a myth that won’t go away that Rembrandt was Jewish. (His mother was Catholic; his father Protestant.)   But is there a Christian artist whose renderings of Biblical scenes speak more deeply to the Jewish soul?

Rembrandt van Rijn, Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1659, oil on canvas, Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

Layering History And Spontaneous Expression

History can be a dusty and deadly affair. The secret to making art about history is to be both loyal to your subject and improvisational in its expression.

Artist Yona Verwer viewing a “hidden video”

This Is What Happens When You Leave A Dress In The Dead Sea For 2 Months

08/26/2016 - 10:09
JTA

Two months — that’s all it took to transform a 1916-style black gown into a shimmering, salt-covered piece of art.

Israeli artist Sigalit Landau left a black dress in the Dead Sea, allowing it to crystallize. JTA

Honoring Helene Aylon's Lifetime Of Achievement

Deep family pride was on display earlier this month in Washington, DC when Jewish artist/activist Helene Aylon, 85, became one of four artists to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.

Helene Aylon and Brenda Dixon Gottschild at the WCA Awards. Jennifer McZier

Art Scene Leads Renaissance

01/19/2016 - 10:57
Travel Writer

Tel Aviv — The grungy walls of South Tel Aviv are splashed with color and visual playfulness: two-story-high monsters, fantastical creatures smoking pipes, Technicolor clowns. Punctuating the imagery are lines and lines of scrawling Hebrew text, gashes of black on dingy concrete, arresting the eye at street level.

Street art in South Tel Aviv that has helped spark a cultural renaissance in this long-neglected district.  Ross Belfer

Last Chance: A Kaleidoscope Of Color On Roosevelt Island

Painted glass panels with splashes of vivid color in the Main Street windows of the RIVAA Gallery hint at the treasures inside.

Arline Jacoby in front of her painting, “Color Burst,” at the RIVAA Gallery

Supporting Israel With Art

Few subjects have troubled Jews across the globe this past summer as much as the recent conflict in Israel. The violence  portrayed on the news stimulated a consequential outpouring of support from Jewish communities worldwide. But an art group based in Brooklyn is showing support through a unique means: a spiritual defense.

Leah Raab. “Huddled in the Tunnel. Courtesy of the Creative Soul

Breaking Away, Looking Back

Sara Erenthal likes to think of her one-woman gallery show as a brief memoir. From the moment that visitors walk through the door of the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, they enter her life, first via her childhood bedroom.

The artist Sara Erenthal next to "Eidele Meidele."

When Personal And Global History Collide

Common threads in Israel Film Center Festival and annual German series.

06/09/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At first glance the second annual Israel Film Center Festival and the newest version of Kino! Festival of New German Films would seem an unlikely pairing of events. Even granting the long and complicated history of Jews and Germans, there have been years in which these two events have had little, if anything, in common. But this year, they not only overlap one another thematically and on the calendar, with both running June 12-19, they even share a film.

Scene from Nadiv Lapid’s “Policeman,” part of Israel Film Center Festival.  Courtesy of Israel Film Center

Sexual Violence, Art And The Shoah

Israeli artist Gil Yefman takes on the subject of sexual violence and the forced prostitution of women during the Shoah, a focus not often presented in Holocaust history, and he does so through a literal hook, the crochet hook.

Gil Yefman.Tumtum, 2012.Knitting and other materials, including sound and performance art. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
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