Jewish Art Salon rockets to Teaneck

Joanne Palmer wrote an in-depth article about the Jewish Art Salon, its mission, and its upcoming exhibition at the Jerusalem Biennale.

Quotes by Archie Rand, Miriam SternJoel Silverstein,  and Yona Verwer.

Superman Image by Joel Silverstein

 

… Other questions that hover over any discussion of Jewish art also are the very basic ones: What is Jewish art? What is a Jewish artist? Do you have to be Jewish to make Jewish art? Can a Jewish artist make non-Jewish art? How about a-Jewish art?

And there’s a question that might seem surprising to the non-artists who hear about it — How can a Jewish artist find another Jewish artist, to talk about Jewish art?

Yona Verwer asked all those questions. The Dutch-born artist now lives in Manhattan. “I realized that I was working with Jewish themes, and I didn’t know anybody else who wanted to talk about them,” she said. “I am very involved in the New York art world, and I didn’t have that for my Jewish work.”

Continue reading here.

 

Billha Zussman, Espinosa. This installation piece, inspired by Baruch Spinoza, deals with defining Jewishness and breaking boundaries. The pair of tied hands represents the entangled relationship between old and new.

 

Yona Verwer and Katarzyna Kozera’s Book of Yona #5 weaves together the coming-to-America stories of the artists with the story of the prophet Jonah. The artist Yona left Old Amsterdam for the New, and resurfaced as an observant Jew. The whale in the Mediterranean has become a submarine in the East River. The painting contains augmented reality — embedded hidden videos.

 

Richard McBee, “Exodus Redux.” These two sets of doors show the Exodus in 10 images.

 

2 comments

  1. Congrats to The JAS for the wonderful article and all of the your GR8 work Archie Rand, Miriam Stern, Joel Silverstein, and Yona Verwer.

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