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Warhol’s Jews

When an artist creates, intention - elementary to the creative process - is paradoxically secondary to the finished work.

Solomonic Judgment In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’

Pegging Arthur Miller a Jewish playwright is a dangerous enterprise.

A Very Modern Megillah – Megillah Esther by David Wander

Such a nice story the Megillah Esther is, don't you think?

Hungry For Literature And For More Heaven

The opening sentence of Saul Bellow's 1953 novel, The Adventures of Augie March, which begins, "I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style," arguably did as much as any novel to put Chicago on this century's literary map.

Fantastically Real Kabbalah Paintings

Some artists' iconoclastic, bohemian behavior gets them into trouble.

Megillat Esther: The Graphic Novel By JT Waldman

JT Waldman's Megillat Esther is brash, loud and groundbreaking.

Voluntary And Compulsory Martyrdom: Spinoza And M. Rabinowitz

At first glance, Moritz Rabinowitz and Baruch Spinoza have very little in common.

One Family – Photographs Of Vardi Kahana

The Holocaust was "Ground Zero of the Greenwald-Kahana family."

A Jewish Artist, Whether You Like It or Not

Miriam Beerman's paintings have appeared in more than 100 exhibits, including a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum, a first for a woman artist.

Post-Jewish Painting And Its Discontents

Ludwig Schwarz's 2000 assemblage of seven altered thrift store-bought paintings, "Untitled (Born to Be Mild)," can be said to evoke Piet Mondrian's abstract works, which rely heavily upon a simple palette and the grid.

‘The Name’

To encounter God is an elemental quest of mankind.

Baruch HaShem: Other Views

Lynn Russell's current exhibition at the Chassidic Art Institute challenges us with a piety that resists all easy answers.

Two Eulogies In Paint

Art criticism is often a messy business that has a lot to do with passing judgment.

Athens To Jerusalem: Ghiberti’s Masterpiece

The Gates of Paradise have arrived in New York, and anyone interested in experiencing one of the great masterpieces of the Early Italian Renaissance cannot afford to miss this current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Puppet Master Who Denied That The Holocaust (Had Ended)

Puppeteers are supposed to be jolly sorts, who associate with Sesame Street, the Muppets and Mister Rogers's Neighborhood.

Sotheby’s Riches

The varieties of Jewish art are always a delight to explore, but occasionally an exhibition comes along that provides surprises and insights that trouble even the most assured of viewers.

Is Abstracting The Holocaust The Same as Denying It?

When Mark Godfrey first stumbled across Peter Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered European Jews in Berlin, he did not recognize it.

Gilded Lions And Jeweled Horses: Woodcarving From The Synagogue To The Carousel

Much like the Jewish people themselves, the legacy of Jewish Art has miraculously survived seemingly endless assaults over the past two centuries.

World War II Art And Propaganda

One of the greatest insights Jacques Derrida laid out in his conceptualization of Deconstruction was that a thing can coexist with its opposite, and in fact, neither can be properly understood without the other.

Jewish Enough In LA?

The L.A Story, a selection of works from 10 contemporary Los Angeles Jewish artists currently at the Hebrew Union College - Institute of Religion Museum, poses the question of what exactly constitutes Jewish Art and what is its condition today on the West Coast.

Forward-Looking Photographs

The smile is as unmistakable as the pointed white beard, long flowing side curls, black hat, robe and thick white socks.

The Un-chosen Artist

In a 1972 study, Stanley Milgram found that "familiar strangers" who share a repeated experience (like riding the same bus every day) are likelier to communicate when cast into an unfamiliar setting, than are two strangers with no such shared experience.

Documenting Real Fiction

What role can a documentary film assume when facts cannot be agreed upon and truth is spelled with a lower case "t"?

Sarah’s Miscalculation

Rembrandt's etching, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, is a pristine jewel of Biblical narrative.

The Insecure Prophet: Walking A Mile In Nathan’s Shoes

When the prophet Nathan woke up in the morning and saw his to-do list for the day - rebuke the king of Israel for his sin with Bathsheba - did he hit his snooze alarm and try, like the prophet Jonah, to shirk his duty?

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