Gallery aims to attract strictly Orthodox to Lithuania exhibition

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

An art gallery is mounting an exhibition by a Jewish artist that it hopes will attract local strictly Orthodox Jews.

The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead is displaying prints by Naomi Alexander exploring her Jewish roots in eastern Europe. The exhibition, which is called Once Upon a Time in Lithuania, consists of over 70 works.


Culture Minister bid to keep tapestries in the UK

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

Culture minister ed Vaizey has extended an export ban on rare silk tapestries depicting Jerusalem’s first and second temples. The move comes after a British buyer expressed a serious interest in purchasing the hangings which are on sale for £120,000. The ban will run until August 20.


Chagall exhibition to open at Tate Liverpool

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2013

An exhibition dedicated to the career of Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall is to open in Liverpool next month.

Fifteen years after the last major retrospective of his work in the UK, and 27 years after his death at the age of 97, Tate Liverpool is to remind art-lovers of the modernist painter's genius.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.