Gaza man says he was tricked into selling Banksy work for £120

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

A work by British graffiti artist Banksy was sold for less than £120 after a family from Gaza underestimated its worth.

The mural of a Greek goddess Niobe was painted on a door by Banksy during a visit to Gaza City in February. The image was made to highlight the destruction of buildings and homes in Gaza after Operation Protective Edge last summer.


Jewish Care and Nightingale benefit as Wohl Legacy hands out £20 million grant

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

One of the Jewish community’s leading charitable foundations marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20million to leading organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.


It is life's greatest losses that most inspire creativity

By Dominic Bliss, December 4, 2014

Every new Stasha art exhibition includes among its works a paint-spattered pair of Timberland boots. She buys new ones each time she starts on a series of paintings and then, once the collection is complete, hangs them somewhere in the gallery alongside the art. They've become a sort of trademark.


Bettina Caro brings Morocco to north London

By Julia Weiner, December 1, 2014

Bettina Caro’s paintings bring a burst of North African heat and colour to the cold and grey of a north London winter.

Caro grew up in the Moroccan city of Tangiers and works inspired by her memories of childhood are currently on show at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.


Lost art masterpiece spotted in film

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2014

A painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades because it was spotted being used in Hollywood film ‘Stuart Little’.

A sharp-eyed art researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery noticed the painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, in the 1999 children’s movie while watching it with his daughter, Lola.


Swiss museum accepts art from son of Nazi-era dealer

By Toby Axelrod, November 25, 2014

Jewish groups are cautiously positive about Monday’s German-Swiss announcement on the fate of the sensational collection of German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.

After months of consideration, the Kunstmuseum Bern announced that it would accept the collection as a bequest from Gurlitt - but reject any Nazi-looted works.


Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.


Art lovers bank on Rothschild

By Julia Weiner, July 31, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Eva Rothschild spoke about her work to 100 supporters of British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at its annual Women in Art lunch.

Works by Ms Rothschild were installed specially for the occasion at the new gallery premises of Modern Art London, where the sculptor was interviewed by the ICA's Katherine Stout.


Rare art 'must be returned'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The British Library has been told to return an estimated £200,000 worth of Nazi-stolen art after fresh claims by Jewish heirs.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has upheld the recommendation of the government's Spoliation Advisory Panel, which, in newly published reports, calls for returning of rare works as the "fair and just resolution".


Latex doll images inflate the appeal of V&A photographer

By Charlotte Oliver, May 29, 2014

Laurie Simmons has an impressive doll collection, albeit one that might unsettle your average Barbie fan. Miniature figurines, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins — and one uncannily realistic Japanese sex doll — populate the photographer’s Brooklyn studio, all having once come to life in front of her camera lens.