Dodo: the queen of Berlin bohemia

By Julia Weiner, June 22, 2012

A new exhibition at the Ben Uri Gallery highlights the work of the German Jewish émigré artist Dodo Burgner. Do not worry if you have not heard of her because the exhibition, which has come from the National Museum of Berlin, is the first ever show of her work to take place in the UK. Indeed, her name was unknown in the art world before 2009 when examples of her images came up at auction.


Frith's large Palestine photos sell for £330,000

By Josh Jackman, June 13, 2012

A copy of the largest book of vast and panoramic photographs of travels through the Middle East ever published was sold at auction on Monday for over £330,000.


Artist drawn to support restored East End shul

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

An illustration of a historic East End synagogue is set to earn £20,000 for its restoration fund.

Illustrator Lucinda Rogers - who has worked for newspapers including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph - produced the orange, red and pink image of Sandys Row Synagogue last year.

"I wanted her to record the moment just before the synagogue went for its £500,000 restoration," Sandys Row boa


Painting in Real Deal for Sobibor

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The granddaughter of a Holocaust victim has sold a painting on a TV show to pay for a memorial stone at the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp in Poland.

Katherine Wolfe's print of The Stone, from a painting by Charles Bartlett, belonged to her maternal grandmother - who had disapproved of her British daughter marrying a German Jew.


Holocaust artist sets Four Rooms dealers' teeth on edge

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

A man who claimed that his sculpture of the entrance of Auschwitz was made from the gold teeth of Holocaust victims has walked away from £37,000, after being challenged by a Jewish art dealer to destroy the "tasteless" work.


End of the world - in 'boring' Haifa

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2012

The cartoon world of a post-apocalyptic Haifa where radioactive hogs eat green-skinned people and are ruled by a lizard queen named Olga, took over a Shoreditch studio this week.

The graffiti and sculpture show, Crazy Eye Hotel, inspired by '70s graphic novels, was the first major exhibition in Europe by Haifa street art collective, Broken Fingaz Crew.


Artwork seized during Holocaust returned to owner's family

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

A Baroque painting taken from its owner during the Holocaust will be returned to an American Jewish family.

The original owner of the painting, Frederico Gentili di Giuseppe, an Italian Jew living in Paris, died in France in 1940 shortly before Nazi occupation.


Master and Margarita

By John Nathan, April 2, 2012

Of all Complicite's book adaptations, Bulgakov's mind-expanding novel is surely the most ambitious.


Please come back: Mohamed is looking after the synagogue

By John Pollock, March 29, 2012

In Yefren, high in Libya's Nafusa mountains, a 2000-year-old shul is guarded by Muslims.

It is one of the seven Ghriba - "wondrous" - synagogues of the Maghreb. The most famous, in Djerba, Tunisia, attracts thousands each year to its magnificent 19th century building. By contrast, the tiny ancient Yefren shul is barely visited.


Rembrandt's painting of old rabbi given stamp of approval

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A painting of a rabbi that was last on public display more than 60 years ago has been verified as the work of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt.

The canvas, featuring an austere looking Jewish scholar, has been in the private collection at Woburn Abbey since the 1950s.