New Spiegelman Family Comics Collection “RESIST!” Protests Intolerance

Mother-daughter team Francoise Mouly and Najda Spiegelman join forces on comic collection focusing on political resistance.

12/08/2016 - 11:17
Editorial Intern

Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of Art Spiegelman of “Maus” fame, together with her mother, Francoise Mouly, the New Yorker’s art director, are putting together a collection of cartoons titled “RESIST!”  This collection focuses on the theme of “political resistance to the forces of intolerance” and includes many anti-Trump images and responses to the recent rise in anti-Semitism.

An early draft of RESIST! (Courtesy of Nadja Spiegelman)

Lower East Side Jewish Heritage Mural Destroyed

The 43-year old mural was painted over on Monday morning without warning, upsetting residents.

11/08/2016 - 14:00
Editorial Intern

A Jewish heritage mural covering the wall of the 232 East Broadway office building was unexpectedly painted over on Monday morning, upsetting Lower East Side residents who saw the mural as a symbol of the community. 

Two Philips And A President

In the height of election season, Hauser & Wirth reminds viewers of an earlier era of presidential politics.

Philip Guston, Untitled, 1971. Ink on paper. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

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

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
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