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Destroyed By Isis, This Ancient Syrian Synagogue Had Jaw-Dropping Murals

By On October 3, 2016

In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back… Read More


Famous Classic Art Works Get Hilarious Jewish Updates

By On August 11, 2016

In Greek and Roman times, there was trompe l’oeil, where artists tried to “trick the eye” into seeing three dimensions where there were just two. Double exposure built the optical illusion of… Read More


Animated Art to Complete the Countdown to Shavuot

By On June 9, 2016

Friday night, June 10th marks the final day of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover (the Exodus) to Shavuot (receiving the Torah).   Back in the day, the… Read More


A Tel Aviv Artist Explores Her Tehran Roots

By On May 13, 2016

Tel Aviv-based visual artist Elham Rokni was born in Tehran and has lived in Israel since she was 9. Her work reflects on displacement and memory, and in media ranging from drawings… Read More

Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Died at 34

Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Escaped the Nazis then Died at 34

By On January 11, 2016

Minimalist art is characterized by a kind of machine-made reductiveness, a movement transgressive in its simplicity. So what would post-minimalism look like? Just check out the breathtaking work of the late Eva… Read More

Pillar of Ash

A Sculptural Tribute to Israel’s Tragic Summer

By On September 29, 2015

With his arresting sculptural installation “Pillar of Ash,” NYC-based Israeli artist Romy Achituv responds to two harrowing attacks by Jewish extremists in Israel this summer: the arson of the Palestinian Dawabshe family… Read More

"You Killed My Jew, Now I've Killed Yours": The Murder of Bruno Schulz

“You Killed My Jew, Now I’ve Killed Yours”: The Murder of Bruno Schulz

By On August 24, 2015

Bruno Schulz wasn’t just one of the 20th century’s greatest Polish-language literary stylists—fans know him well for his beautiful and surreal story collection The Street of Crocodiles—he was also a talented fine… Read More


Abstract Painter Mark Rothko’s Jewish Roots

By On April 15, 2015

Before Mark Rothko’s famous rectangles of color were found in college dorms everywhere, before he became a key figure of Abstract Expressionist painting, he was born Marcus Rothkowitz in 1903 in Tsarist… Read More


A New Film That Uncovers Hidden Drawings from Concentration Camps

By On February 12, 2015

One of the most common drawings from a child (after stick figures) is a house with a chimney puffing curlicues of smoke. Because I Was A Painter features a lot of chimneys,… Read More

The Most Innovative Judaica We've Ever Seen

The Most Innovative Judaica We’ve Ever Seen

By On July 1, 2014

A tie made out of an old tallit. An oil chanukiyah made out of repurposed light bulbs. A yad for reading the Torah made to look like a pixelated mouse icon for… Read More

Meet Tom Freud, Sigmund’s Famous Niece

Meet Tom Freud, Sigmund’s Famous Niece

By On June 18, 2014

You’ve probably heard of Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson, and a master of 20th-century painting, but he wasn’t the first member of the famous clan with visual acumen. The famous psychoanalyst‘s niece, Martha, who went… Read More


The Mousy Museum Lady Who Documented Nazi Crimes

By On November 8, 2013

Earlier this week, Bavarian authorities confirmed that in 2012 a German art dealer’s son was found with 1400 art works confiscated during World War II. The pieces, including some by Chagall and Matisse, are valued at over… Read More

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