September 23, 2018

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Ammar Younis

“Araf,” 2011

“Araf” is a monochrome portrait of 94-year-old Fakhriyya Abdallah Younis. The photographer, from the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm, offers a sense of the subject’s emotional state and the weight and wisdom of her years. “Araf” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel” at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach through June 30, as part of a “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David
“HOPE,” 2014

A farewell party in Manipur, India, for Bnei Menashe Jews who were about to make aliyah. “Hope” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach through May 30, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Sir Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor
“Leviathan,” 2011

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor created “Leviathan” for the Grand Palais, Paris. In 2017, Kapoor won the prestigious Genesis Prize for his commitment to Israel and Judaism.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Iris Cohenian

Iris Cohenian
“BOY IN SHOKEDA FOREST,” 2013

Red poppy flowers bloom in the Shokeda Forest in southern Israel. “Boy in Shokeda Forest” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach until May 30, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Baking Matzah in Hiding

Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

Baking matzah in hiding; Lodz, Poland, 1943.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Luis Curiel

Luis Curiel
“FORGIVENESS DAY,” 2016

Forgiveness Sunday is celebrated in Jerusalem. “Forgiveness Day” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel” through May 30 at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Tzachi Yaffe

Tzachi Yaffe

“AGAMON HULA: CHAOS,” 2015

Cranes at the Hula Nature Reserve in Upper Galilee, Israel. “Agamon Hula: Chaos” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” which opens on March 8 at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoIsrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David

“SOLDIER PRAYING,” 2014

An Israel Defense Forces soldier stands in the Judean Hills during his morning prayers. “Soldier Praying” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” which opens March 8 at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Udi Goren

Udi Goren
“Supermarket, Purim,” 2015

A supermarket in the northern coastal city of Nahariya, Israel, on Purim. “Supermarket, Purim” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” which opens on March 8 at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoIsrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Mario Troiani

“HEARTS,” 2015

A hearts mural on Rabbi Meir Street in Tel Aviv. “Hearts” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” which opens at the Sagamore Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami Beach on March 8, as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Gadi Dagon

Gadi Dagon
“SOUL,” 2013

A performance of “The Hole” by the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. “Soul” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel,” which opens March 8 at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach as part of a three-month “Peace 70” initiative (passagetoIsrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

“Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” 1907. Oil, silver and gold on canvas.

This portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy Jewish society woman and hostess of a renowned Viennese salon, was commissioned by her husband, Ferdinand. The painting, also called “Woman in Gold,” was stolen by the Nazis in 1941 and displayed at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in Vienna. In 2006, after eight years of litigation by the Bloch-Bauer heirs, led by Los Angeles attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, the painting was returned to the family.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Symbol of Defiance

Photographer Unknown

This iconic photo is from the protests in Iran. The image of a woman holding up a white jihab was turned into digital art, and then became a social media meme. There are unconfirmed reports that the woman has been arrested and detained by the Islamic regime. The spot where she was standing in Tehran is now being laid with flowers.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Youssef Boudlal

Photo by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Photographer Youssef Boudlal

A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, on Aug. 13, 2014.

Photo by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Iris Cohenian

“Friends” is part of the book and international exhibition “Passage to Israel” (passagetoisrael.org).

“Friends,” by Iris Cohenian

Muslim girls chat on the roof of the Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family, a popular place to see friends in the Old City of Jerusalem. The hospice opened its doors in 1863 for pilgrims. Today, it is a guesthouse that aims to bring together different cultures through art and music.

“Friends” is part of the book and international exhibition “Passage to Israel” (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Dor Kedmi

“Ethiopian Worshippers” is on display in the “Passage to Israel” international exhibition (passagetoisrael.org).

“Ethiopian Worshippers,” Dor Kedmi

A religious ceremony in the Kidane Mehret Church in Jerusalem, which is part of the Debre Genet monastery, the “Monastery of Paradise.”

“Ethiopian Worshippers” is on display in the “Passage to Israel” international exhibition (passagetoisrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Richard Avedon

Photo courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation.

“Members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,” Richard Avedon

This portrait (March 1963), led by a young Julian Bond in Atlanta, is part of “Richard Avedon:
Nothing Personal,” at Pace Gallery in New York City, through Jan. 18. In 1964, Avedon published “Nothing Personal” with an essay by James Baldwin; Taschen is releasing a new edition of the book.

Photo courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Laura Ben-David

“Bina” is part of the “Passage to Israel” international exhibition (http:/www.passagetoisrael.org/).

“Bina,” Laura Ben-David

“This little girl, clutching one of her few possessions, had made a long journey, moving with her family from Manipur, India, to Israel just a few months before. Members of the Bnei Menashe Jews, her family was among a group to make aliyah with Shavei Israel.” — Laura Ben-David

“Bina” is part of the “Passage to Israel” international exhibition (http:/www.passagetoisrael.org/).

Artist of the Week: Ghiora Aharoni

“GER/The Stranger,” Ghiora Aharoni

Using sacred text engraved on the sculpture’s glass beakers in Hebrabic/Arabrew© — an
overlay of Hebrew and Arabic created by Aharoni — “GER/The Stranger” (2016) explores the duality created by the identification of “the other” and the potential for intercultural compassion:

“The stranger shall not lodge in the street: I will open my doors to the traveler.” Job

“Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy

Prior to the opening of the Jerusalem Biennale, “GER/The Stranger” was installed temporarily at the Mount of Olives.

It currently is on exhibit in the main Biennale venue, on view through Nov. 15.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Tzachi Yaffe

"Titi" is part of the international exhibition "Passage to Israel" (passagetoIsrael.org).

“Titi,” Tzachi Yaffe

Yityish “Titi” Aynaw is an Ethiopian-born Israeli model who won the title of Miss Israel in 2013. She is the first Ethiopian-born Jew to win the contest.

“The photograph is from a trip we made together as students to northern Israel, a place called Kanaf Stream — Wing Stream,” Yaffe says.

“Titi” is part of the international exhibition “Passage to Israel” (passagetoIsrael.org).

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Laura Ben-David

"Prayer" is now part of the "Passage to Israel" international exhibition (passagetoIsrael.org).

“Prayer,” Laura Ben-David

“On a photo tour of a community of recent Bnei Menashe immigrants from India, I happened upon an elderly woman who was absorbed in prayer. The lines in her weathered hands, perfectly in sync with the lines in the well-worn prayer book, were mesmerizing.” Laura Ben-David

“Prayer” is now part of the “Passage to Israel” international exhibition (passagetoIsrael.org).