Sculptor Beverly Pepper, famed for monumental iron and steel works, dies at 97

(JTA) – Beverly Pepper, a sculptor famed for her monumental iron and steel works, has died. Pepper died Wednesday at her home in Italy. She was 97.

Pepper was born Beverly Stoll in Brooklyn in 1922. She moved to Europe in the late 1940s and in the early 1950s settled...
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Chanukah photography exhibit offers a window into Hasidic Jewish life


When the Yiddish New York Festival kicked off on the first night of Chanukah, the coincidence of the weeklong celebration of Yiddish culture, food, music and dance with the Festival of Lights was unmissable.

Aside from the traditional Chanukah staples of latkes and jelly doughnuts that will...
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Leonard Cohen: A dark, brooding and loving genius

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Two years ago the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) organized an exhibit on Canada’s favorite son writer, composer, singer and cultural icon, Leonard Cohen. Titled “A Crack in Everything,” the immersive and interactive exhibit included a collection of commissioned works from artists...
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Israeli student art project containing relics from Auschwitz will be exhibited

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final project of an art student who said she used artifacts she removed from Auschwitz will go on display after she clarified that they came from outside the former Nazi camp.

Beit Berl College near Kfar Saba in central Israel announced late last week that the...
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M.S. Rau Napoleon exhibit closing tomorrow

M. S. Rau Antigues is closing its exhibition “Napoleon: General. Emperor. Legend.” tomorrow, January 7. The exhibit, which opened in early November, is filled with beautiful objects d’art, most of which are curated from the Napoleonic era.

With its French colonial past and rich Creole history, New Orleans was strongly...
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Protesting Trump’s ‘racism,’ artists want Ivanka not to display their work

(JTA) — Some artists whose works are on display at Ivanka Trump’s home are asking her to remove them to protest what they called the “racism” of her father, President-elect Donald Trump.

Visual artists Jonathan Horowitz and Alex Da Corte joined with curator Alison Gingeras, dealer Bill Powers and several...
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Spencer Tunick photographs nude models at Dead Sea to raise awareness of ‘disaster’ there

JERUSALEM (JTA) — International photographic artist Spencer Tunick photographed 15 nude Israeli men and women at the Dead Sea to raise awareness of its deterioration.

Tunick announced the project on Monday, two days after taking the photograph.

He returned with the models to the same place on the shores of...
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Philly artist paints over swastikas with flowers, has neighbors do the same

(JTA) — A Jewish artist in suburban Philadelphia turned swastikas painted on her trash can into a neighborhood demonstration of love and caring.

Esther Cohen-Eskin of Havertown discovered the Nazi symbol painted on her trash can on Aug. 19, The Associated Press reported. She and her husband have lived there...
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MoMA to return Nazi-looted painting to heirs of German-Jewish art collector

(JTA) — The Museum of Modern Art in New York will return a painting to the heirs of a German-Jewish art collector.

“Sand Hills,” a German Expressionist painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, will be returned to the heirs of Max Fischer, the museum announced Monday.

Fischer had inherited the painting,...
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Warhol portraits of Jews have been stolen

(JTA) — Nine iconic silkscreen portraits of Jewish celebrities by the artist Andy Warhol have been stolen.

A family in Los Angeles who purchased the portraits in the 1980s made the discovery when they were taken to be reframed and the framer realized they were fakes, the website TMZ reported.

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