Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774
A compilation of photos provides a peek into an abundantly creative mind
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Shortly after the great photographer Richard Avedon died in 2004, New York magazine ran one of the most intriguing and resonant magazine articles I'd ever run across -- a six-page photo spread, accompanied by just a hint of text, depicting Avedon's Upper East Side apartment. Above Avedon's famous studio, there was a generous living space arrayed with photographs, art, furniture...
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Is crypto-Judaism alive and well? These people say undoubtedly
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I had read any number of books about the long, tragic history of the Marranos, the secret Jews who were forced by the Inquisition, in Spain and elsewhere, to practice their religion in hiding. But when I learned in the mid-1990s, mostly through books like The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot and The Marrano Legacy by author Trudy Alexi, about...
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The Moscow Yiddish Theater was devoted to art and the revolutionary spirit
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Back in June, I wrote about a book that dealt with the Byelorussian city of Vitebsk, the birthplace of Marc Chagall, a terrain that provided the famed artist with a source of inspiration for his paintings. In fact, on the cover of the book, which was called, appropriately enough, Vitebsk , there was a reproduction of one of the painter's...
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In Daniel Libeskind's designs, ideas and materials collide, and set off sparks
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The always-outspoken and often-controversial architect Daniel Libeskind took the world by storm about 10 years ago when his Jewish Museum Berlin opened in the heart of the German capital, cutting its own distinctive, jagged path across the landscape of that recently unified city. The architect was then in his early 50s and had opened his design firm in Berlin in...
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Jewish museums are filled with riches, and now lots of them are collected in one space
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How to adequately convey the riches that rest between the broad, beautiful covers of Jewish Museums of the World: Masterpieces of Judaica -- that's the challenge facing anyone who chooses to discuss this masterly compilation of erudition and breathtaking photography, all of it executed on a grand scale. The publisher, Universe, a division of Rizzoli Publications, is well-known for the...
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