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The Diary of Anne

The very private non-Holocaust-related life of Anne Frank: teenage manga girl, tampon-marketer, European traveler, and emblem of the twin evils of war and intolerance—and the Japanese ‘culture of apology’

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Nice Boy Shares Toy

A dispatch from David Levinthal’s doll-house diorama factory, where the photographer plays with the line between real and pretend

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A Family History of Mer-Kup, a Modernist Hub in Mexico City

How my great-grandmother, a Polish immigrant to Mexico, became a champion of artists like Mathias Goeritz, Sebastián, and José Luis Cuevas

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Chaim Soutine, Modernist Master of Flesh, at the Jewish Museum

The superb show of 32 paintings, opening this week, highlights the painter’s fascination with the dreadful spectacle of death, and the splendor of his artistry

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Red Army Veterans

May Day: Portraits of the Jewish soldiers who fought in World War II under the flag of Communism

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Jewish Contraptions

National Poetry Month: A poetical Bay Area exhibit brings together California Jewish artists who make wonky machines, ‘anxious objects,’ and other kinetic commentaries on the ‘labor-saving devices’ of our current entanglement

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German Art Without Jews

A pair of exhibits, one at Harvard Art Museums, the other at New York’s Neue Galerie, try to read the signs of a coming conflagration and its attendant guilt in works made under the rise and fall of National Socialism

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The Kabbalah of Rothko

In the gap between transcendental and concrete experience, 48 years after the painter’s death

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Female Agency and Rococo Perversion

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s ‘Young Girl Reading:’ mindful and contemplative, perhaps even a proto-feminist?

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A Modigliani Revival

The cruelties and achievements of the painter’s short but intense Bohemian life, on view at the Jewish Museum in New York and Tate Modern in London

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Mel Bochner’s Torah

Paintings that tell us to eff off while showing us the way in

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Peter Saul Sabotages Everything, Including Himself

The painter learns to ‘live Dada’

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Painter William Pachner, ‘Esquire’ Illustrator and Famous Portraitist of Franklin Roosevelt, Dies at 102

Before his death, a visit to his studio in Woodstock, New York, where the Czech emigrant and underappreciated artist of the Holocaust found peace

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Daddy’s Girl: A Yahrzeit Moment With Malerie Marder

The Los Angeles photographer gives, and gives in

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The Ghost Architect of Vienna

Thomas Feiger rebuilds what was lost in the Austrian capital

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Jewish Heroes and Nazi Monsters

Torah scribe, New Deal propagandist, unrelenting anti-Nazi: the many lives of ferocious cartoonist and illustrator Arthur Szyk at a jewel of a show at the New-York Historical Society

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Philip Guston: A Stumblebum in Venice

An off-track exhibit at the Accademia puts the New York School painter in the company of Titian, Tintoretto, and, weirdly, the Italian Nobel prize-winning poet Eugenio Montale

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The Menorah as Symbol and Myth

A recent joint exhibit at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum of Rome traced the surprising and enduring significance of the seven-branched golden object that entered ‘the temporal web of the history of humankind’

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St. Peter’s Menorah

How the Vatican warmed to Jews over the last century

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Was Florine Stettheimer a Good Painter?

The Jewish Museum’s current show gives viewers a second chance to ‘see her light,’ and to see the socialite and troubled daughter behind the art

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The Secrets of John Singer Sargent’s Jewess, Lady Adele Meyer

How the American master came to this living portrait, true to life—but what life?

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My Tel Aviv Fashion Week

The founder of Paper magazine takes a junket to the Holyland, where designers are trying to reconcile the competing demands of play and pray

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10,000 Hard-Boiled Eggs and the Art of Pedro Friedeberg

At 82, the Mexican artist isn’t done collecting junk in his irrational house

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Blow Up the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

What’s the right way to remember both victims and perpetrators of great crimes?

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Cartooning the Jews

A new survey brings to light the late-19th and early 20th-century history of vicious American anti-Semitic caricature

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Judith Leiber’s Handbags, From the Holocaust to MAD

The 96-year-old doyenne of the jewel-encrusted clutch gets a glittering new show at New York’s Museum of Art and Design

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Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland

The Jewish Museum hosts Charlemagne Palestine’s cuddly, mystical, delightful installation art

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Is Evidence from a War-Crimes Tribunal Art?

A confusing and challenging show of Henryk Ross’s Lodz Ghetto images opens this weekend at the MFA Boston

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Eli Broad’s Selfie-Dome

From Tablet’s print magazine: Los Angeles gets a contemporary art museum in the gleaming user-friendly vein of an Apple Store

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Chareau’s Ghostly Interiors at the Jewish Museum

A superb exhibit of works by the French designer and architect shows the promise and peril of 20th-century Modernism

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