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Arshile Gorky:  A kindred spirit, just not Jewish

By Tom Teicholz

June 1, 2010 | 9:30 pm

“Self-Portrait,” 1937, oil on canvas, 55 x 23 7/8 in.
Private Collection, on long-term loan to the
National Gallery of Art, Washington. Image courtesy of
the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.

Not long ago, someone brought up the painter Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) and I realized I’d always assumed he was Jewish. I was wrong; he was an Armenian Christian. But my mistake piqued my... read full article

  • BODYTRAFFIC Forges an International Connection

    By Melanie Reynard

    June 1, 2010 | 8:23 pm

    It’s a Monday afternoon in an upstairs studio at the Westside Academy of Dance in Santa Monica. “One, two, three, four ...” With each count, Tina Finkelman Berkett demonstrates a series of gestures. A male dancer behind her imitates each move. Lillian Barbeito, watching from...

  • Summertime and the reading is…  Diverse

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 1, 2010 | 8:15 pm

    Summer is coming, and here are a few good reads for long flights or lounging by the pool — some newly published, some coming soon, some recently reviewed in the book columns in the Jewish Journal and on jewishjournal.com.

    “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful...

  • The Unshine Boys

    by Sara Vilkomerson

    May 20, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    “It used to be Diane Keaton with me — she always used to tell me, ‘I’m terrible, I’m awful, I can’t do it, you should get someone else.’ And she was always brilliant. Well, Larry is like this,” said Woody Allen via telephone from his Upper East Side apartment. The...

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  • Smoking the Stereotypes

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 20, 2009 | 5:48 pm

    Unlike most Hollywood writers, Jenji Kohan got her creative education at the family dinner table, where there was a subtle, but largely predetermined, genetic imperative to write. On any given night, those present included her Emmy-winning writer father, her acclaimed novelist mother...

  • Frears and Pfeiffer reunite for Colette courtesan drama ‘Chéri.’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 2009 | 5:44 pm

    At a time when substantive roles for actresses over 40 remain scarce, the British director Stephen Frears continues to make movies spotlighting heroines of a certain age.

    Under his direction, Helen Mirren won the 2007 best actress Oscar for playing Elizabeth II in the aftermath of...

  • Indies Focus on Holocaust, Middle East

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    May 20, 2009 | 5:31 pm

    Aside from the usual blockbusters, aimed mainly at the young set on vacation from school, summer 2009 also will offer some meaningful film fare for discerning audiences. Movie critic Emanuel Levy, a professor in the UCLA film department, refers to this trend as...

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