Carol Zemel


War Is (Beautiful) Hell

By Carol Zemel

War Is (Beautiful) Hell
Beautiful is not the word that we normally use to describe war photography. But ‘Through Soviet Jewish Eyes’ has the power to change our perception of artistry in war.Read More


Was There Anything Jewish About Lucian Freud?

By Carol Zemel

Was There Anything Jewish About Lucian Freud?
British artist Lucian Freud died July 20 at 88, after a long and successful but also contentious career. Notwithstanding his Jewish colleagues and his youth spent as a Jewish refugee, it is hard to see Lucian Freud the artist as particularly Jewish. Mainly, the Jewishness of Freud’s career exemplifies modern diasporic success: acculturation, secularism, national recognition and international acclaim.Read More


The End(s) of Irony

By Carol Zemel

The End(s) of Irony
Filmmaker Yael Bartana, an Israeli representing Poland at the Venice Biennale, employs irony to question assumptions about Jewish nationhood.Read More



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