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Posted on: August 8th, 2007Sections → Arts
Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio (1571-1610) was well acquainted with evil. His short violent life careened wildly between prestigious painting commissions from the most powerful men in Rome and drunken street brawls with the lowest of the low. Such behavior led to frequent encounters with the police, lawsuits, duels and finally murder. Exposed early in life to […]
Posted on: August 1st, 2007Sections → Arts
"Your powers are weak, old man," Darth Vader tells Obi-Wan Kenobi as the young Luke anxiously watches the ensuing battle from a distance.
Posted on: July 25th, 2007Sections → Arts
I walked slowly away from the Coliseum in Rome. Completed in 80 C.E. by the Emperor Titus it was used for almost 500 years for countless gladiatorial games and bloody spectacles.
Posted on: July 18th, 2007Sections → Arts
"I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah," declares Maimonides in his Thirteen Principles of Faith, "and even if he tarries, nevertheless I shall await him any day that he might come."
Posted on: July 11th, 2007Sections → Arts
Could there be such a thing as Women's Art? From my liberal modernist perspective such a notion is foreign, threatening and, indeed, heretical.
Posted on: July 4th, 2007Sections → Arts
When Mark Podwal showed the galleys for his book "Doctored Drawings" to a former culture editor at The New York Times (he has drawn for the op-ed page for 35 years), he suggested Podwal remove eight drawings with Jewish symbolism.
Posted on: June 20th, 2007Sections → Arts
Some painters enslave themselves to detailed landscapes, patiently tracking every tree branch and grass blade in an effort to transcribe and document everything.
Posted on: June 13th, 2007Sections → Arts
Something is blooming in Brooklyn that promises a dramatic revitalization of Jewish visual culture.
Posted on: May 30th, 2007Sections → Arts
One of the advantages museums hold over galleries is that their exhibits need not focus on one theme.
Posted on: May 22nd, 2007Sections → Arts
Cartoonists often draw the short straws at posh cocktail parties.
Posted on: May 9th, 2007Sections → Arts
Oftentimes, the art world functions like an ecosystem, whereby certain artist-producers generate innovative, new content, and artist-consumers readily borrow from those raw materials and shape them into new products.
Posted on: May 2nd, 2007Sections → Arts
Although Passover is no longer around the corner (11 months and counting until next year's cleaning craze), Had Gadya remains a timeless song of Jewish persecution and triumph over generation after generation of anti-Semitism.
Posted on: April 25th, 2007Sections → Arts
Holocaust art has dominated the news lately for all the wrong reasons.
Posted on: April 18th, 2007Sections → Arts
Permission to Use Hebrew Letters, Healing the World, and the Pull of Judaism
Posted on: April 12th, 2007Sections → Arts
"Am I a Jewish artist? A woman artist? A Jewish woman artist? Of course!
Posted on: April 2nd, 2007Sections → Arts
Israeli Trees, The Four Corners Of Jewish Art, Kabbalistic Shells, And Tender Heaviness
Posted on: March 28th, 2007Sections → Arts
Shabbat Chess, Lighting The Torah, A Hidden Synagogue, And Ketubah Collage
Posted on: March 21st, 2007Sections → Arts
On Sunday, February 18, I attended an opening at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life (also known as the Columbia/Barnard Hillel) for the exhibit Words Within.
Posted on: March 14th, 2007Sections → Arts
Was Rembrandt a Jewish artist because he painted the Jewish wedding?
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