What happens when an artist takes an ancient Jewish text and turns it into contemporary art? A dozen did their best to turn the sacred into the starkly compelling.
If there’s one lesson to be drawn from the ‘Jew York’ exhibition of nearly 90 artists, it may be that humor is crucial to Jewish identity. But perhaps there’s no lesson at all.
Haim Steinbach watched many of his peers experience phenomenal success. At 68, the artist whom some have dubbed the heir to Marcel Duchamp is enjoying a renaissance.
A sweeping new exhibit of works by Middle Eastern women includes plenty of powerful art. But sometimes the show fails to make connections between diverse works.
In the midcentury art world, women were often forgotten, especially if their paintings were neither oversized nor entirely abstract. This is what happened to Ruth Abrams.
Kehinde Wiley’s paintings of young, urban, black men in the poses, and sometimes trappings, of famous European history paintings boldly challenge the art canon.
Author Harvey Pekar died leaving a string of projects in various states of completion. ‘Cleveland’ combines autobiographical storytelling with the history of his hometown.
From 2006 to 2011, artist and journalist Leah Kohlenberg lived in a handful of former Soviet countries. While there, a fascination with societies in transition took hold, and she became “obsessed with the wreckage, ruins and signs of life” that she saw in those places, as well as in others she visited. She began to see evidence of both decay and revitalization everywhere. Out of this came “Ruin: Rebirth,” a series of 30 photographs currently on view at Brooklyn’s Hadas Gallery through March 19.
Primo Levi is most commonly remembered as a Holocaust survivor and memoirist, but given his relentlessly humanist concerns, we would dishonor him by forgetting that he was also a man made of more than just his time at Auschwitz. In fact, Levi had two great loves: science — he trained as a chemist at the University of Turin — and writing, penning 14 books.
It’s not every day that one gets to see an opera illustrated in comics and sung by rock musicians, but happily, May 7 was one of those days. That night “Memorial City,” the latest musical theater piece by comics great (and former Forward cartoonist) Ben Katchor and composer Mark Mulcahy, had its Manhattan premiere as the culmination of a daylong conference organized by New York University’s Humanities Initiative and The New York Institute for the Humanities.