Minister blocks export of rare temple wall hangings

By Zoe Winograd, March 27, 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export ban on rare 18th century silk hangings due to “their outstanding significance for the study of Jewish ritual art”.


Artist Frank Cohen shows a lot of bottle

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

“It’s not a gallery, and I don’t like the word ‘museum’. Don’t make it schmaltzy, we are doing something serious here,” said Frank Cohen, the DIY magnate and one of Britain’s most important contemporary art collectors, who is about to open an art centre in London’s Bloomsbury next month — one that is very different.


George Clooney and Daniel Craig to star in looted art film

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

George Clooney and Daniel Craig are set to star in a film telling the story of how Jewish-owned paintings were tracked down after they were stolen during the Second World War.


Leeds has its art in the right place

By John Fisher, March 11, 2013

A major exhibition of rare Leeds Jewish artwork was held over the weekend as part of the community’s 150th anniversary celebrations.


How R B Kitaj created his Holocaust masterpiece

By Eckhart Gillen, March 8, 2013

Not until the mid-1970s, at the age of 43, did R B Kitaj start a series of paintings demonstrating his growing interest in the Holocaust.

His first work on the subject was If Not, Not (1975-76). The title, as so often in Kitaj’s work, goes back to a book from his library, in this case historian Ralph E Giesey’s 1968 work, If Not, Not.


Israeli photographer snaps past and present together

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2013

An Israeli photographer has attempted to bring his country’s past and present together in a series of images that contrast old scenes with their modern day surroundings.

Amit Sha’al asked friends and colleagues to bring him black-and-white snapshots of the country from the start of the British mandate era until the late 1970s.


The man who painted early Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2013

The work of a painter who chronicled Israel’s early years in vivid colour is to be exhibited in London next week for the first time in a generation.

To mark 120 years since the painter dubbed the “Gauguin of Palestine” was born to a poor Chasidic family in Romania, 15 pieces of Reuven Rubin’s art are to go on show at Christie’s.


Stories and pictures

By Sipora Levy, February 27, 2013

The poet and art critic, Sue Hubbard, has written a richly layered book about Paula Modersohn-Becker, a little-known but pioneering expressionist German painter of the early 20th century, whose tragically short life produced over 400 paintings and drawings of exceptional quality (Girl in White, Cinnamon Press, £8.99).


Maimonides text part of $11 million Judaica sale

By Anna Sheinman, January 15, 2013

You could say this was the most expensive Jewish doctor’s prescription in the world.

Sotheby’s New York has announced a sale of over £6.7m worth of Judaica, including a 15th-century copy of Moses Maimonides’s text, Mishneh Torah.


A drawing a day keeps the artist ok

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

Some people start the new year by resolving to keep a diary, but last January Gideon Summerfield went a step further. He pledged that on every day of 2012 he would complete a drawing, inspired by the day’s most important news and events.