Why did Sinatra have a kippah, after all?
Elsa Koditschek spent much of World War II hiding in her house while an SS Officer lived on the ground floor.
The sale exposes the problem at the heart of the art market: Basquiat’s work is good because it is expensive. Why is it expensive? Because it is good
Looking to spend six figures on a sabbath lamp? Or an 18th century prayer book? Have we got a Judaica auction for you!
(Reuters) — An abstract painting by German artist Gerhard Richter will go on sale for the first time at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale in London, alongside works by Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday.
An auction of the 500-piece Judaica collection owned by philanthropist Michael Steinhardt was the “most valuable auction of Judaica ever held,” Sotheby’s said.
A warm-toned photo tells the grisly story of Leo Frank, the only Jew lynched in American history. It went on the auction block this week.
The poet W. H. Auden once remarked that hearing gourmets describe favorite meals made him wish he could live on pills, and reading the memoirs of some art collectors describing their acquisitions can make one want to live sans art. An exception to this trend is the art connoisseur Michel Strauss, born in France in 1936 to Jewish parents, and former Head of the Impressionist and Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s auction house, London.
The Gallery of Jewish Art made a case for the moral urgency of artistic expression in the 1940s. Its founders insisted that Jewish art was an cultural imperative.
Crossposted from Haaretz