Anna Zicer radiates American warmth, yet she gestures like a hard-nosed Israeli. She’s just 25, yet her credentials suggest someone much older. She has barely a trace of an accent, yet she maintains deep familiarity with the Russian-Jewish community.
Milwaukee native Cori Silberman was always fascinated with American Jewish history. So after venturing into a successful television production career, it seemed only natural she would start her own company focused on just that topic.
This year’s MFA exhibition at The New York Studio School, which opened on Wednesday night, includes two Israeli painters working with specifically Jewish or Israeli themes. Leah Raab paints large-scale images of Jerusalem that are tender and intimate, but sometimes communicate a sense of foreboding. Shany Saar paints narrative works, often of biblical themes. Both create strong images through an inventive sense of form and color, vigorous brushwork and an achieved sense of pictorial space.
Happiness... there is a word for it in every language, yet, what it is and how best to sustain it is a perennial puzzle. There is hardly a culture, religion or political platform that fails to mention it, while few have defined it in consistently satisfying terms.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the legendary 1913 Armory Show, which took place in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York. A slew of shows are planned during 2013 in celebration.