Art

Grand gestures in art and religion

By Naftali Brawer, May 13, 2013

The Tate Modern's current retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein's pop art includes a series of 1960s paintings called "brushstrokes". In these paintings, the Jewish artist parodies abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning who freely expressed their feelings through "action painting" by throwing, smearing or dripping paint on canvas.

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Arts value is ‘far beyond money’

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2013

The benefits of the arts cannot always be measured in economic terms, leading figures in the Jewish cultural sphere warned this week.

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Review: #Aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

By John Nathan, April 26, 2013

Howard Brenton’s play is based on the artist Ai Weiwei’s account of 81 days of detention by the Chinese authorities, as described in journalist Barnaby Martin’s book The Hanging Man. Director James Macdonald presents it as a piece of modern art. The theatre’s stage has been stripped back to whitewashed walls.

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Camels? Israeli art is about far more

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

At first glance, Gil Shani’s 2006 painting Untitled appears completely abstract, a black expanse with white shapes scattered across it in a seemingly random fashion. But, after a while, your eyes begin to identify the shapes — camels passing through a rocky, desert landscape.

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Entry fee is abolished at Ben Uri

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2013

A London art gallery which showcases Jewish-related work will no longer be charging for admission.

As of today (April 19), the Ben Uri in St John’s Wood will be free to all as a result of a preferred partner scheme, whereby a company gives money in return for publicity around exhibitions and publications.

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Sculpture inspired by refugee grandfather

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

An artist whose giant sculpture of an upside-down figure was erected in central London this week, says the work was inspired by his grandfather’s experience as a Jewish refugee to the UK.

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Review: Once

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

This is the tender little acoustic romance that kicked the hell out of bigger, brasher shows at New York’s Tony awards. And it is easy to see why. Once is based on the Oscar-winning Dublin-set film and uses the same, sometimes devastatingly beautiful soundtrack composed by Glen Hansard, of the indie band, Frames, and Marketa Irglová.

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Review: Peter and Alice

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

You wait generations for a new play to be premiered in the West End and then two come along at once.

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Review: Before the Party

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

Any play that conjures the line, “I’ve got a kitchen full of prostitutes and Nazis”, has to have something going for it.

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Review: Book of Mormon

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

Someone described as a “leading media liberal” was reportedly overheard in the foyer asking “why has nobody called this show racist?”. I wish someone had replied, “why has nobody called you stupid?”. This long-anticipated Broadway musical may offend in many ways, but being racist isn’t one of them.

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