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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Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt collection sold at auction

(JTA) — A Nazi-looted painting that was returned to its owners last month from the collection of the late art collector Cornelius Gurlitt was sold at auction.

Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on the Beach” was among the most valuable of the more than 1,400 artworks discovered in Gurlitt’s home...
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Report slams U.S. museums’ handling of Holocaust-era restitution claims

NEW YORK (JTA) — United States art museums are using “procedural defenses” and a “hostile approach” to renege on their responsibility to return Nazi-looted art to its owners and heirs, a new report says.

Singling out several prominent museums for criticism, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Modern...
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