Art

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Colour Photos of Nazi Ghettos Published

By Sahar Zivan, October 19, 2012

Time Magazine has published a selection of photos which portray the Jewish ghettos of Kutno and Warsaw in a previously unseen way. High-ranking Nazi photographer Hugo Jaeger, who took the pictures, was supplied by the Nazi hierarchy with both a colour and 3D-capable camera.

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Chaim Soutine: the artist who fell foul of the hygiene police

By Julia Weiner, October 19, 2012

You have almost certainly heard of Marc Chagall, and Modigliani may be a familiar name. But what about Chaim Soutine?

With the Ben Uri Gallery in London currently displaying a newly acquired Soutine painting, it is time to discover more about an artist, who, like his great friend Chagall, made his way from his home in Russia in the early years of the 20th century to study and work in Paris.

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An artist in love with the Holy Land

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem lies a house built in the mid-1870s by a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

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Mayor: Tower Hamlets mural ‘to be removed’

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A mural depicting money-grabbing bankers and highlighting Western imperialism conspiracy theories will be removed following complaints that it contains antisemitic undertones.

Freedom for Humanity was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.

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