Visual Arts

The Russian-Jewish Artistic Ties That Bind

06/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week
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."

Where Beauty And Death Collide

Nir Hod’s Warsaw Ghetto-inspired ‘Mother’ series plays provocatively with ideas of fashion and glamour.

03/27/2012
Staff Writer

Nir Hod lives glamorously. When you enter his art studio in the Meatpacking District, his French bulldog, Nella, greets you at the door. You walk up the stairs and out steps the artist himself — a strikingly handsome man with long brown hair and dark denim jeans.

“The artist should be a rock star,” he says. “For me, art is about ego, charisma.”

The original Warsaw Ghetto photograph, was taken by a Nazi guard just before the ghetto’s liquidation, in 1943.

Not Your Typical Beach Days

In her photographs of Orthodox women at the Tel Aviv shore, Michal Ronnen Safdie captures tenderness alongside the sunscreen.

02/21/2012
Staff Writer

A few years ago, the Israeli-American photographer Michal Ronnen Safdie was walking past a beach in Tel Aviv. She noticed a gate meant to keep visitors out was cracked open, and decided to walk through. What she saw stunned her: hundreds of Orthodox women, draped in colorful full-length dresses, bathing in the Mediterranean Sea.

“I went there without judgment,” Safdie says of her trips to the Tel Aviv beach to shoot religious women.

The Y Pulls Together For Terezin

Interdisciplinary project probing the camp’s unique culture represents new approach for premier arts institution.

01/03/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

When the 92nd Street Y launches its ambitious five-week-long project, “Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezin” on Jan. 9, it will mark a significant change in the way one of the city’s most esteemed arts institutions does its work. For the first time in its history, the Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts is drawing on nearly all of the resources of 92Y's many departments to present an interdisciplinary series of programs that will include concerts, lectures, readings, classes, film screenings and dance performances.

A poster advertising a performance of Hans Krasa’s children’s opera “Brundibar.”

The Jewish Echoes In ‘The Fulbright Triptych’

Forty years after Simon Dinnerstein completed his monumental painting, the complex work is getting a fresh look.

08/09/2011
Staff Writer

Germany was not Simon Dinnerstein’s first choice for a Fulbright grant. But he didn’t have much of a choice. It was 1970, and the Brooklyn-based artist, then 27, was barely making a living. He first applied to work with a noted Spanish painter, only listing Germany, to study the art of engraving in the birthplace of Dürer, as a back up.

“Being Jewish is very complicated, but it’s somehow in my DNA,” Dinnerstein says. Cynthia Dantzic

Kosher Indian

Siona Benjamin’s ‘visual midrash’ explores her identity as a Bene Israel descendant.

05/31/2011
Staff Writer

When Siona Benjamin was in art school in the 1980s, her professors told her to avoid narrative painting, and to keep her work abstract.

Siona Benjamin and her work “Miriam,” Photos courtesy of Flomenhaft Gallery
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