British Museum compensates family for painting stolen by the Nazis

By Charlotte Oliver, October 17, 2013

The British Museum has agreed to pay the family of a Jewish art lover whose collection was looted by the Nazis in March 1939.

The claim was made by Uri Peled, after proving that the museum-owned medieval German drawing “Young Couple in a Landscape” had originally belonged to his grandfather, Arthur Feldmann.


Major Shoah project on its way to Vienna

By Toby Axelrod, October 10, 2013

An American Jewish artist is returning to the city of her forefathers to launch a six-month project meant to remind Austrians that “memory is a part of national identity”.

Brandeis University academic Karen Frostig will launch “The Vienna Project” on October 23, three days before the holiday marking the establishment of post-war Austria.


Record David Bomberg auction

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

The largest collection of works by David Bomberg ever to be auctioned is to go on sale in London next month.

Thirty-two paintings and drawings will be offered by Christies.

They are expected to realise around half-a-million pounds. Proceeds will go to Hadassah, a charity raising funds for the Hadassah Medical Organisation in Jerusalem.


A winner for Wenger

October 10, 2013

The opening of Four Four Jew — the exhibition celebrating the Jewish contribution to football — attracted a full house to the Jewish Museum this week.

Such was the crowd that ex-Arsenal and Football Association luminary David Dein observed that had he known, he would have installed a turnstile.


Mirvis and Kapoor get their JW3 (mezuzah) fix

By Anna Sheinman, October 3, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the new JW3, calling it, like the mezuzah he was affixing at the venue, “glorious on the outside, magnificent on the inside”.

Rabbi Mirvis blessed the mezuzah, designed by renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, at a ceremony on Tuesday evening.


Artists enjoy their brush with fame through LJCC enterprise

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.


Fierce-eyed Boris Johnson to be made in to art

By JCReporter, August 23, 2013

London mayor Boris Johnson likes to project the image of a bumbling figure waffling on about wiff-waff and piffle.

But he is not fooling anyone — least of all sculptor Frances Segelman. “It’s the eyes. They’re very fierce. He got a serious side. You can see it in his eyes,” she says.


Mystery buyer saves Jerusalem tapestries

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Rare silk hangings depicting scenes from the Temple in Jerusalem have been saved for the nation by a mystery buyer who has paid £120,000 to stop them going abroad.

The seven hand-embroidered tapestries, made in the 18th century, probably in Italy or Holland, have belonged to a private owner in Britain for the past 50 years.


UK gets the chance to see another side of Bob Dylan

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

The times they are a ’changin’ for superstar Bob Dylan, whose next big event in London is not a tour date but the opening of the first UK exhibition of his art work.

The National Portrait Gallery is to display 12 specially commissioned portraits by Dylan from August 24 in a move that will introduce another side of the star to his thousands of British fans.


I’m a huge fan. I even got to the end of his novel, and it’s officially unreadable

By Martin Bright, August 8, 2013

Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack to my adolescence.

Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed — the great triumvirate of misery brought angst-ridden enlightenment to that bedroom in a cul-de-sac on a new-build housing estate in a West Country dormitory town.