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  • Brooklyn sculpture says it all in a New York way: ‘Oy’ and ‘yo’

    2 weeks ago

    A sculpture installed in a Brooklyn park says it all in an expressly New York way: “oy” and “yo.”

    Artist Deborah Kass created the bright yellow sculpture, titled “OY/YO,” that was placed this week in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the East River separating the two boroughs, according...

  • Persian-Jewish women keep tradition alive on canvas

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 28, 2015 | 10:37 am

    In reporting on the Jewish community, I’ve learned about politics, schools, aging, race relations, religion and other matters. Few of these topics combine the complexity, creativity and history of a fascinating subset of Los Angeles Jewry, the Persian-Jewish women who paint.


  • Judaica studio Mi Polin casts Polish Jewish history in bronze

    October 16, 2015 | 9:14 am

    When Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar opened their email inbox several weeks ago, they found a message from a customer who had bought one of their bronze mezuzahs as an engagement gift.

    “The connection my family now has with the past was so overwhelming that it made my wife...

  • ADL hosts an evening of contemporary art for social change

    October 15, 2015 | 11:30 am

    The concept of a world without hate remains as powerful — and, alas, as elusive — as ever. As the theme of the Anti-Defamation League’s ArtWorks auction on Oct. 22, that idea brings together dozens of local artists and allows supporters of ADL’s mission to assemble for a cause. 

  • Irwin Golden: A lifetime of talent spills onto the canvas

    October 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Inside the Belmont Village Senior Living’s Westwood facility, a large, 5-by-4 canvas hangs on the wall in the third-floor hallway. It’s an abstract artwork, a complex tapestry of mostly earth tones and a varied geometric scheme of squares, cut-off triangles and shapes that fall in...

  • From selfies to spirituality

    September 17, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology and culture whose artworks are in the collections of more than 40 museums worldwide. Now the conceptual artist is offering the digital generation a way to find life’s...

  • Israeli artist’s stained glass creations bring life, light to community

    By Gerri Miller

    September 16, 2015 | 3:49 pm

    Inside the sanctuary at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA), a transdenominational seminary located in Koreatown, the atmosphere is rather dark and somber. Except, that is, for the brightly colored ner tamid above the ark.

    Made of stained glass, the 60-pound...

  • Art, man and God

    September 3, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • Exploring Jewish-Tunisian heritage through food

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Artist Orly Olivier’s work revolves around the food and heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She hosts group dinners, cooking workshops and makes visual art under the name Petit Takett. The name is a reference to Takett’s, her paternal grandmother’s restaurant in La Goulette,...

  • Art, Medicine, and a Real Education

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 5, 2015 | 9:49 am

    More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class.

    At a time when budget cuts are marching in lockstep to slash, or eliminate, art lessons at the elementary and high school level, universities are embracing the study...

  • Getting the hang of it: Helpful hints for displaying artwork

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 8, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    People love having art on their walls, but they’re often not so keen on hanging it. I understand. It can be intimidating just to get started. How do you decide what goes where? How high do you hang it? What if you put a hole in the wall then want to change where the picture goes? ...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    This weekend, I would like to present you a movie you've probably heard of before, since it was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This drama, which tackles one of the most delicate topics in the Jewish community in Israel, is...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 19, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • A Jewish commune and lessons of sharing

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 19, 2015 | 9:37 am

    One of the hardest lessons to teach a young child is the value of sharing. How do you explain to your son or daughter that they should hand off their cherished teddy bear or toy truck to another child? The word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and...

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 14, 2015 | 5:43 am

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

    June 1, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here.

    Kurant’s “The End of Signature,” a neon white projection created from the actual signatures of museum visitors with...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 22, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.

    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • With a $180 million Picasso, art market enters a new frontier

    May 12, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    When Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)" set a record on Monday as the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, it was by a wide margin of nearly $40 million, fetching just under $180 million.

    Christie's' sale of 35 works spanning the 20th and nascent 21st centuries...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.

    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.

    Balkan Beat Box...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    April 17, 2015 | 11:04 am

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Liebermann: An Artist’s Studio

    By Milad Doroudian

    January 24, 2015 | 6:52 am

    In 2012, the famous Nazi apartment in Munich that held more than 1000 works of stolen art from all over Germany and the world, also held a few disparate pieces by the renowned Impressionist, Max Liebermann. Yet, outside of the art historian bromide-universe he is not so acclaimed,...

  • On culture and sexuality

    January 16, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    The news is in. Kim Kardashian has released her most explicit photos ever, and an enthused public is looking for more.   

    Why is popular culture obsessed with sexuality?  Why are magazines for the masses checkered with accounts of the dalliances of the rich, the coupling habits...

  • Jack Bender’s lost and found

    January 7, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    During his recent art show, “Junk Blessings,” at the Jewish rehab center Beit T’Shuvah, Jack Bender took the microphone and told the eclectic crowd that when he was a kid, “I’d throw paint up … and call it art. I sometimes feel like I’m still doing that.” 

    It was a humble...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you an Israeli online store, which allows visitors to take home a piece of Jerusalem. The City of David store is located at the heart of the actual City of David in Jerusalem, but also sells products online. It offers special products from the City...

  • Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is objective.

    By Milad Doroudian

    December 25, 2014 | 10:48 pm

    It is no particular secret that human beings enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, whether it is art, nature, or just other people. Our eyes are drawn to beauty, to the pleasing colours, lines, and shapes of the world around us, which in turn play a substantial role in...

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