Arts features

Arnold Newman: He clicked with the rich and famous

By Melanie Abrams, March 15, 2012

When Life magazine wanted an Israeli leader on its front cover, American photographer, Arnold Newman was the first choice to provide the shot. His access and experience made him one of the most important portrait photographers.

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Tate celebrates Jewish artists

March 8, 2012

In the spring of 1914, the Whitechapel Art Gallery mounted an exhibition displaying the best of the then current trends in art. Such was the richness and variety of the paintings by Jewish artists recently arrived as immigrants, that the gallery devoted a entire section to their work. The reaction of the JC's critic was mixed.

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TV Review: Two Jews on a Cruise

By Simon Round, March 1, 2012

Last year, Paddy Wivell made A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride which was accused by many in Stamford Hill of fundamentally misrepresenting the community. Now, Wivell is back with the sequel, which takes two of the "characters" from the previous documentary, Gaby and Tikwah Lock, and follows them on a Mediterranean cruise.

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'We have a responsibility to hold on to dark memories'

By Julia Weiner, February 16, 2012

This promises to be a busy year for Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht.

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Champagne and gossip - my life with Lucian Freud

February 9, 2012

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the life and work of the late Lucian Freud by holding a major retrospective of his drawings and paintings, which opened yesterday. Lucian died last summer, aged 88.

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TV review: Toni and Rosi

By Simon Round, February 3, 2012

Even without the Nazis, the story of pianists Toni and Rosi Grunschlag would have made compelling viewing. Filmed over 18 years by Will Wyatt and Todd Murray, we saw the sisters at home and abroad, both playing and reminiscing

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Radio review: The Hidden Graves of the Holocaust

By Simon Round, January 25, 2012

There is of course a mountain of evidence to support the fact that the Nazis murdered upwards of six million Jews during the Second World War.

However, there are still people who deny the Holocaust, which is pretty much akin to people denying the existence of the Pacific Ocean.

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Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment

By Simon Round, January 20, 2012

In some respects, Sam Frears is very fortunate. Sam - the son of film director Stephen Frears - is popular, has a wide circle of friends, including the writer Alan Bennett, is bright, ambitious, has a sharp sense of humour and no money worries.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the real-life superheroine

By Sarah Lightman, December 22, 2011

'I feel I have done a public service in portraying my horror of the Jewish burial grounds that ring the M25," says artist Corinne Pearlman. She is talking about of her comic, Losing the Plot, which, over two delicately drawn pages, highlights the jarring proximity of several Jewish cemeteries to one of Europe's busiest motorways.

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TV review: Jerusalem on a Plate

By Simon Round, December 22, 2011

This may have been a food programme but you do not have to be long in Jerusalem before you taste the flavour of politics.

Falafel is, of course, the national dish of Israel - unless you happen to be a Palestinian vendor of the ubiquitous chickpea balls who feels he has a greater claim to the dish than Israeli upstarts.

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