Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774
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Of those painters who came of (artistic) age at the tail end of Abstract Expressionism, who partook of its painterly elements for a time, then moved on to forge their own styles, Joan Snyder is one of the most dynamic and challenging. She appeared on the art scene in the 1970s with her beautiful and mysterious "stroke" paintings, which she...
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The Jewish Publication Society is helping to bring books from the past very much into the future. The organization is digitizing its Hebrew Bible and related biblical titles to create the JPS Digital Bible Collection, accessible through a free online Web-based portal. In addition to text, the Web site will feature relevant commentaries and biblical legends released by JPS over...
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My classical-music education began in earnest during my freshman year in college, way out in the middle of Iowa corn country, a terrain we inbred Easterners might think of as devoid of culture. But those of us who attended the University of Iowa beginning in the mid-1960s were given a great gift - if we were willing to take advantage...
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Sarah Bernhardt. For anyone enamored of the theater, hers is a mythic name. And for anyone with the added love of Proust, Bernhardt is twice mythic, as she appears in the French novelist's great seven-part work, In Search of Lost Time , as the adored Berma; in fact, the novel's central character, Marcel, evokes her example many times as the...
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A Most Successful Synthesis
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Until the modern period, architecture was not a profession much open to Jews. Judaism itself - except perhaps for the Temple periods in Jerusalem - never really made much fuss about buildings per se. Synagogues, in the ghettos and shtetls of Europe, at least through a good part of the 19th century, were not generally grand affairs (western Europe was...
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