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  • New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition

    By  Tom Tugend

    September 17, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Ambitious girls looking for role models among successful and accomplished women of the past might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or social-justice champion Eleanor Roosevelt.

    And then there was Altina “Tina” Schinasi.

    Tina grew up in the opulent...

  • Mondays with William

    By Ilana Angel

    October 25, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    I went to see the movie “Mondays with William” last night and I was deeply moved by it.  If you have an opportunity to see it I would recommend that you do.  It is the story of a homeless man in Los Angeles who lives his life with the amazing gifts of an artist, and also...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 13, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Hanna Watts's mother was a holocaust survivor who managed to survive the horrors thanks to her artistic talent. Watts herself, who was born on 1962, paints and draws ever since she can remember. "I was an autodidact when it came to painting and drawing," she tells Israelife....

  • Lucian Freud, noted British artist, dies

    July 21, 2011 | 5:48 pm

    Lucian Freud, one of Britain’s most noted artists, has died at the age of 88.

    Freud, who was a grandson of Sigmund Freud, the pioneering figure of psychoanalysis, died at his London home on Wednesday.

    Born in Berlin in 1922, the future artist fled with his family to England at the...

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  • R.B. Kitaj—an appreciation

    By Tom L. Freudenheim

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Amnon Barzel, the prominent contemporary art curator who served as the first director of what is now the new Jewish Museum in Berlin, says he arrived in Germany as an Israeli but left as a Jew. It is as much a comment on current German philo-Semitism (I've always said "now they love...
  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of beautiful language

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most of his 92 years, artist Sam Fink has been obsessed with the pursuit of freedom and the beauty of language. Even though he is a painter, he calls language "the highest form of art, higher even than painting and music."

    But even Fink could not have predicted that these...

  • Schnabel dives into another mind with a visual poem

    By Tom Freudenheim

    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...

  • Artist-Writer Maira Kalman creates illustrated memoir

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When asked why she became a painter and writer, Maira Kalman, author of "The Principles of Uncertainty," an illustrated memoir, says, "I can't do anything else. I clean very well. I'd like to be a maid for the Duchess of Devonshire."

    That Kalman, who will be appearing Oct. 30 at Los...

  • Desperate times forged painter’s creative legacy

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charlotte Salomon perished in Auschwitz at the age of 26, but the astonishing legacy she left behind will be celebrated this month in an exhibition and on stage.

    In her short life, Salomon was a prolific painter, but her style and sensibility were so unique that critics still have...
  • MLK Observances; Beethoven @ LACMA; Alpha Dog Rising

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 13th

    Craig Taubman's regular "One Shabbat Morning" service gets a special theme for this one Shabbat. Dedicated to families who have children with special needs, this morning's affair will begin with guest speaker and educator Dr. David Ackerman discussing his...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 29th

    The most avant-garde comics find a gorgeous forum, once again, with the release of the sixth edition of editor Sammy Harkham's anthology, "Kramer's Ergot 6." Geeks celebrate its release tonight at the Hammer Museum, which features performances by Kites and The...

  • Artists Dream in a Golden Age

    By Sarah Price Brown

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sam Erenberg spends most of the day, nearly every day, alone in a 1,000-square-foot box.

    "It's like a temple," the painter says of his artist's studio.

    A lonely temple, that is.

    "I'm the rabbi and congregation all in one," he says with a laugh.

    Working as an artist can be...

  • An Artistic Homage to Big Brother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Not many artists begin an ambitious new series at 76, but Arnold Mesches did just that after receiving a large box stuffed with FBI documents in 1999. It had taken the Jewish American painter three years and dozens of letters to obtain the 760-page dossier, his FBI file from 1945 to...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    They're breakin' out the fine china for two big Jewish entertainers today. As if seven Emmy's and five Golden Globes weren't enough, Ed Asner racks up another award "for his tireless contributions" to FirstStage Theatre, an organization dedicated to helping writers refine...

  • Searching for Cohens

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Andrea Kalinowski was a little girl in Montreal, her father had an unusual ritual. Any time the family stopped in a little roadside town, he would find a phone book and search for Cohens. He would inevitably get excited when he found even one, amazed and proud that his people...

  • An Artist Suggests ‘New Meaning’

    By Charlene Freadman Kahn

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Art and culture should be a more important priority in the Jewish community agenda, internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Ruth Weisberg told graduates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in her May 14 commencement address at the Los Angeles...

  • Dining With Cannibals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The documentary, "Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale," began when artist David Shapiro found a box of old books jutting out of a pile of garbage on Avenue B in Manhattan's East Village.

    The year was 1994, and Shapiro and his sister, author Laurie Gwen Shapiro, both...

  • Deconstructing Harry

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Harry Blitzstein decided to open up his Blitzstein Museum of Art (facetiously subtitled "Formerly Moe's Meat Market"), the neighboring merchants on Fairfax Avenue had a unanimous reaction. "They thought I was just kidding," the painter said.



    After all, area residents have...

  • Potent Portraits

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jill Poyourow's preoccupation with portraits began amid the savory smell of soup in her grandmother's kitchen. There hung an intriguing photograph of her grandma's grandfather, who had cared for her from infancy after her own mother abandoned her to come to America. The 1910 picture...

  • Two Artists at One With Nature

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sculptress Harriet Zeitlin and painter Pat Berger share a lot in common. Friends for many decades, both artists have worked for more than 50 years, have had extensive teaching experience, were active in organizations championing artists' rights in the 1970s, lost their husbands in...

  • Last Man Painting

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time when Kalman Aron was not creating art for a living, but for his life.

    For the past 45 years, the Pasadena Art Center instructor has been teaching drawing and painting, showing students that "before you paint, you must learn how to draw." But during World War II, Aron...

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