Jewish Journal

Tom Freudenheim

  • LACMA ’s upcoming brush with German, French expressionists

    May 28, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) pre-eminent role as the American museum most regularly engaged in exhibitions to re-examine German Expressionism, its offshoots and variants was firmly established decades ago. The museum’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German...

  • When art imitates art

    June 13, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    There’s a vast difference between history and historical fiction. I tend to prefer the latter, finding myself in awe of writers who can carry readers into a world that’s both factual and imagined. Obviously, there’s the underlying question of trust: How do we know when and...

  • LACMA plans pioneering post-war German art show

    December 10, 2008 | 1:59 pm

    Discomfort with German art might seem like a problem that's particular to the Jewish community. It's another part of the "I would never set foot in Germany" statement that I often heard in response to my frequent German trips and my subsequent working in Berlin.

    Since we're...

  • Art: Goldfarb’s sleight of hand and eye at MOLAA

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "Walter Goldfarb: D+Lirium," on view at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach through May 18, should reassure viewers that our art-jaded world still provides the occasional joy of discovery. The mid-career view of this talented Brazilian artist is also his first solo...
  • Schnabel dives into another mind with a visual poem

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't give up your day job!" That's what I really wanted to tell Julian Schnabel during our interview at New York's Regency Hotel.

    Our era keeps pushing the limits of excessive art hype to promote overpriced underwhelming art, and Schnabel exemplifies this trend as distinctly as...

  • Abstract eye follows Dali in film at LACMA

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Even by the standards of today's overheated art market, few artists have been as excessively hyped and overexposed as Salvador Dali (1904-1989). There are museums dedicated to his work in Florida and Spain, and in London you can "be transported into a world of melting clocks and...
  • Making sense of today’s Jewish Germany

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In 1961, as an all-knowing 22-year-old rabbinical student, I was thinking a lot about postwar Germany. I figured (accurately) that before long I would get to visit the country in which I had been born, and I wrote with youthful certainty that while quite evidently there would never...
  • MOCA’s latest exhibition reveals the early years of the ‘Feminist Revolution’

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    That women corporate executives are now indicted for malfeasance reminds me of the old Zionist litany that: "We won't have a normal Jewish state until it includes gangsters and whores."

    If the glass ceiling hasn't exactly been shattered, it does show a bit of leakage, although it's...