Visual Arts

Heavy Metal

Transforming terror into fantasy lies at the heart of Omer and Tal Golan’s ‘playground’ artwork.

02/24/2015
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Fifteen years ago, a suicide bomber carrying 15 pounds of explosives laced with bullets and metal scraps grabbed Omer Golan from behind — and blew them both up. Miraculously, Golan survived. Along with his wife, Tal Golan, he went on to become one of the most interesting new-media artists to come out of Israel.

From shrapnel X-rays to virtual playground: The work of Omer and Tal Golan.  Courtesy of Omer and Tal Golan

Growing A Generation Of Israeli Idealists

A war hero-turned-ecologist presents a ‘living sukkah’ at the JCC in Manhattan.

10/08/2014
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Avital Geva — artist, educator, activist — saw no reason to leave his kibbutz and travel to Manhattan, just to exhibit something of his life’s work. And on Sukkot yet, his favorite holiday on the kibbutz. Who needs the hopes and disappointments and ego roller-coaster of trying to make an impression in the big city? Anyone in New York who wanted to see the Ecological Greenhouse, Avital’s world-renowned educational center, was welcome to come visit in Kibbutz Ein Shemer.

A rendering of Ein Shemer Ecological Sukkah, to be constructed as part of a new exhibit at the JCC.

The Art Of Conversation

Hanan Harchol’s paintings and animations hinge on thought-provoking verbal exchanges.

10/01/2013
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In Hanan Harchol’s art, there’s no disconnect between visual imagery and Jewish thought. His new exhibition of paintings and animation is alive with conversation — about values, teachings, choices, holiness and life’s adventures.
The conversations take place in cars, park benches and on the subway; even the small talk leads to large ideas, whether love or forgiveness or gratitude. In Israeli-accented English and with perfect timing, his father, the nuclear physicist Micha Harchol (in Hanan’s voice) advises his son not to chase another person’s dream (“Looking in Other People’s Windows” or Envy) and not to let someone live in your head rent-free, that is, not to let someone’s past actions take up valuable room (“Landlord” or Forgiveness).

The Hanan Harchol Exhibit at HUC's museum.

Art And Torah: Archie Rand's 'Chapter Paintings'

The Jewish Week and artist Archie Rand unite his art -- a painting of each Torah portion -- and our commentary.

09/26/2013
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This week, we are thrilled to introduce a cycle of art to accompany the weekly Torah commentary.

Circles Of Life

Art at JCC in Manhattan goes ‘Conceptual’ with Sol LeWitt work.

08/20/2013
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On your next Upper West Side jaunt, a tall, narrow wall inside the JCC in Manhattan will pop out at you; its simple design, a series of six concentric circles painted in alternating shades of bright yellow, red and blue, will call out to you from Amsterdam Avenue on even the grayest and gloomiest of days.

So LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #599,” on view at the JCC in Manhattan. Photo courtesy JCC in Manhattan

Circles Of Life

Art at JCC in Manhattan goes ‘Conceptual’ with Sol LeWitt work.

08/16/2013
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On your next Upper West Side jaunt, a tall, narrow wall inside the JCC in Manhattan will pop out at you; its simple design, a series of six concentric circles painted in alternating shades of bright yellow, red and blue, will call out to you from Amsterdam Avenue on even the grayest and gloomiest of days.

So LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #599,” on view at the JCC in Manhattan. Photo courtesy JCC in Manhattan

Artists ‘Under The Jewish Umbrella’

Mixed-media ‘Jew York’ show encompasses the Lower East Side but moves well beyond it.

07/03/2013
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Sammy Gluck is the real thing. His family has been in the clothing business on Orchard Street for more than 70 years. Now, “Jew York” has turned his art of selling into installation art.

“Four Barbras” by Deborah Kass (1992), silkscreen on canvas. Photos courtesy of Untitled

From Williamsburg To Bushwick

Raised Neturei Karta, Sara Erenthal served in the IDF and journeyed to India before discovering she was an artist.

05/30/2013
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At a close look, what appears to be a tear on the cheek of one of Sara Erenthal’s painted portraits is actually a hole in the wooden board the piece is painted on. The painting is one in a series called “Out of the Drawer” — the boards were pulled from a drawer she found on the street.

From Sara Erenthal's series, "A Window Into My Life."

Michael Kovner’s N.Y. State Of Mind

With an exhibit, a graphic novel and a play, the Israeli landscape painter is on a roll.

02/12/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

One of the joys of walking around New York City is looking up suddenly and finding yourself eye-to-eye with a beautiful building that perhaps you hadn’t noticed before, or hadn’t seen in the perfect light now bathing it. Israeli painter Michael Kovner’s urban streetscapes are full of that vibrancy and serendipity.

An Israeli most of the year, Michael Kovner spends his summers here, photographing the cityscape. ©randilaurenkleinphotography

The Russian-Jewish Artistic Ties That Bind

06/08/2012
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In two new exhibits at the National Arts Club, the Russian American Federation is celebrating ties between Russia and the Jewish people. The main exhibit in the Grand Gallery of the exclusive Gramercy Park club is devoted to the Odessa artist Yosef Ostrovsky. The secondary show is “The Times of a Great Dream: American Artists Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region in the USSR,” which revisits an exhibit that took place over 75 years ago.
Yosef Ostrovsky's "A Jew with a Book, 1981."
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