Robert Kirschbaum at the ANU-Museum of the Jewish People

Robert Kirschbaum’s Devarim Series is currently on view in Tel Aviv at ANU-Museum of the Jewish People.

Below is his article in the upcoming issue (Fall 2021) of the AJS journal Perspectives

In his paintings and prints, Kirschbaum explores Judaic concepts of sacred space derived from ancient Jewish art and the Kabbalah, and fuses them with forms and colors inspired by South Asian art and craft traditions.   Accordingly, he has visited India as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, and mounted a solo exhibition of his prints at the Jerusalem Artists’ House in Israel, followed by a tour of significant archaeological sites.  Kirschbaum’s art is discussed and reproduced in several books, including, Jewish Identity in American Art (2020) and Jewish Art in America (2006), as well as in journals, newspapers and magazines as diverse as Ars JudaicaTikkun magazine, the New York Times, the Deccan HeraldThe Statesman (Calcutta) and SPAN magazine (New Delhi).  Writing in Tikkun, critic Matthew Baigell said that Kirschbaum’s images, “might be considered intellectual exercises in exploring the various mystical states of mind evoked by contemplating the Temple in Jerusalem.  Kirschbaum suggests that reflecting upon the Temple and entry into it symbolizes transformation, revelation, rebirth, and, not least, hope.”

Kirschbaum has been teaching in universities for more than forty-five years.  He has held full time positions at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Montclair State University in New Jersey.  A native of New York, where he maintains a studio, Kirschbaum is currently Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  At Trinity, he served as Director of Studio Arts from 1990 to 1998, and as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1995.