Lisa Sopher


CAPTURING THE HUMAN FORM

By Lisa Sopher

Under the Nazi regime, the art of Ludwig Meidner (1884-1966) was labeled “degenerate.” Today, the Jewish artist is remembered as a key figure in the history of German Expressionism. His self-portrait is on display in “Body & Soul: Expressionism and the Human Figure,” among 65 works by various artists that trace the genesis of figuralRead More


SHIP’S STORY RESURFACES

By Lisa Sopher

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici tells the story of the sinking of The Struma, a dilapidated ship carrying nearly 800 Jews from Romania to Palestine via Turkey during World War II, in “The Struma” (2001), which makes its television debut on HBO2.The vessel left Constanza, Romania, in December 1941 and, suffering engine failure,Read More


THE FEMININE SIDE OF A JAZZMAN’S SOUL

By Lisa Sopher

Israeli-born jazz bassist, pianist, composer and arranger Avishai Cohen performs songs from his recently released album, “Lyla,” his fifth and the first on his new label, Razdaz Recordz. The 11-song collection features Cohen’s International Vamp Band on rhythmically charged tracks, drummer and electronics specialist Mark GuilianaRead More


SPEAKING OUT ON CENSORSHIIP

By Lisa Sopher

In May 1943, New Yorkers gathered together in Bryant Park to remember the tens of thousands of Nazi sympathizers who gathered on college campuses across Germany on May 10, 1933, to participate in the burning of some 25,000 books by scientists, philosophers, political theorists and poets labeled “degenerates” by the NaziRead More


A COMPASSIONATE EYE ON NEW YORK CITY

By Lisa Sopher

Alexander Kruse painted portraits of the neighborhoods in which he lived, beginning with Manhattan’s Lower East Side and continuing with Coney Island, Fire Island and Pawling, N.Y.Some 36 of his paintings, drawings and prints are now on view in “Alexander Kruse (1888-1972)” at the Educational Alliance, where the artist studied from 1900 toRead More






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