Felix Lembersky: Lost art from a forgotten Russia 2
by / on 8 May, 2013 at 12:21 PM / in Art, Blog

Felix Lembersky: Lost art from a forgotten Russia

A new exhibition demonstrates Soviet art that transcends socialist realism

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Beautiful Obsessions 0
by / on 9 April, 2013 at 3:21 PM / in Art

Beautiful Obsessions

Parallel retrospectives frame Kitaj through hid final turbulent years, says Aaron Rosen

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Drawing a Line 4
by / on 6 September, 2012 at 3:26 PM / in Art

Drawing a Line

The Secret history of the town that hosts Europe’s biggest comics festival

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In Our Time 0
by / on 10 January, 2012 at 5:13 PM / in Art

In Our Time

A selection of Judah Passow’s portraits of Jewish Britain can be found in the issue 220 of the Jewish Quarterly. No Place Like Home, an exhibition of Judah Passow’s photographs, opens at the Jewish Museum on February 1st. Information can be found here

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Proximity Talks 3
by / on 13 September, 2011 at 12:56 PM / in Art, Fiction

Proximity Talks

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Buying Hitler 1
by / on 8 June, 2011 at 5:29 PM / in Art, Columns, Opinion

Buying Hitler

On the Psychgy of the collector and the attraction of dictator art

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by / on 26 November, 2010 at 11:35 AM / in Art, History

History, Memory, Longing, Delight

Objects as antidotes to loss in the work of Maira Kalman and Edmund de Waal Empty boxes, some child-made, some commercial.  Sponges from around the world. Postcards from the Hotel Celeste in Tunisia. A suitcase that belonged to a man who fled Danzig in 1939. Whistles.  A figurine of a stag scratching his ear with a hind leg. A snake […]

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Never Looked Better 0
by / on 11 May, 2009 at 10:29 AM / in Art

Never Looked Better

The Truth of Beauty and the Verity of Grace.
Critical Yearning for an Aesthetic of Justice.

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by / on 7 May, 2009 at 12:42 PM / in Art

The Persistence of Memory: Text and Image in the Art of Arnold Daghani

According to those who knew him best, the artist Arnold Daghani (1909–1985) had an exceptionally retentive memory for events, names, dates and places. For him, as for other survivors, memory became what Laurence Langer, in his study Holocaust Testimonies, calls an ‘insomniac faculty’, implying that the process of remembering is not one of reviving memories, for ‘there is no need […]

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Radicalism and Conformity: Jewish Collectors of New Art 1
by / on 19 February, 2009 at 12:47 AM / in Art

Radicalism and Conformity: Jewish Collectors of New Art

I was asked to write an article on Jewish art collectors in England. For a few seconds I felt tempted to reel off a list of names of the most prominent art collectors, investors, Russian oligarchs and celebrity bidders in the main auctions of the major salerooms. But such articles are legion and widely available in Hello or the opening […]

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by / on 9 February, 2009 at 8:51 AM / in Art

The Ethical Challenge in the Object Quality of the Problem

In the summer of 2008 Penelope Curtis, advised by Israeli architect and cultural theorist Eyal Weizman, curated an exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds entitled The Object Quality of the Problem. This exhibition won the Visual Arts Award 2008 at the London Jewish Cultural Awards. The citation by the proposing judge, Jeremy Lewison, reads: Above all the exhibition […]

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by / on 9 September, 2008 at 9:47 AM / in Art

The Long Journey Home

Griselda Pollock accompanies Chantal Akerman’s image journey through memory

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Seeing Shlock: Jewish Humour and Visual Art 3
by / on 9 September, 2008 at 8:59 AM / in Art

Seeing Shlock: Jewish Humour and Visual Art

Excerpt: It is well known that Jewish humour is a not a common cultural fixture in Britain so imagine my surprise, while walking around the fashionable Hayward Gallery, when I heard ‘Two wise men of Chelm went out for a walk…’ relayed in a loud ‘New York’ accent. A string of Jewish jokes was emerging from a plastic yellow joke box adorned with a clown face, attached to the wall, and named Joke Master Jr. On closer inspection I learned that this was, in fact, ‘art’ by the American-born London-based artist Doug Fishbone. Granted, it was an exhibition — and one of the first of its kind — about laughter, humour and visual art. But still, among the cool works of Finnish photographers and fictitious Korean performance troupes, the hot hyper-vowelization, and volume of the Jewish comedy stood out.

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The Afterlife of R. B. Kitaj 0
by / on 1 July, 2008 at 6:50 PM / in Art

The Afterlife of R. B. Kitaj

‘I could come back to America (could be carried on a stretcher) to die,’ the ailing Henry James wrote in a letter from England in 1913, ‘but never, never to live.’ When the American painter R. B. Kitaj departed England for good in 1997 — his adopted homeland for nearly thirty years — he set out to do both. On […]

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Testament of Youth 0
by / on 2 June, 2008 at 12:40 PM / in Art

Testament of Youth

Musrara, Jerusalem: the Naggar School of Photography, Media and New Music is situated on the border between the old city and the new, poverty and wealth, the Jewish and the Arab worlds. With Teen Spirit, recent graduates of the school interrogate another difficult border: that between childhood and adulthood. The result is a portrait of contemporary Israeli youth, illuminating stark […]

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by / on 25 March, 2008 at 3:25 PM / in Art, Literature

Comic Boom

Avi Pitchon celebrates the anarchic freedom of Israeli graphic novels ‘Retreating with disgust is not the same as apathy’. So says one of the peripheral characters in Richard Linklater’s 1991 film, Slacker. This statement rings true for several of the artists involved in Take The Bassa With Sababa, an exhibition of Israeli comics and graphic novels, and for me as […]

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