Art makes the world within the artist visible.Classical music,poetry, Jewish and Chassidic stories, traveling, the love for people and memories of era's gone but not forgotten, and of the cities where I lived and worked: Amsterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem, New York all form the main ingredients of my art. Other cities left a lasting impression: Prague!
My art is like the water of the canals of my native Amsterdam,Rembrandt's city: the deeper you look into it, the more you see. A reflection of a reflection of a reflection...look, what you see is not what you see. My art is not complete without ... Read More
texts and letters, it is writing come alive. It reflects my connections with the Dutch 17th century Masters, with German expressionism, with Russian art and with medieval miniatures. I was so fortunate to have an academic career before I became a full time artist. I studied Ancient Middle Eastern languages and Hebrew literature (especially medieval poetry) and codicology in Leyden in Holland, and I lectured at the Free University of Berlin before I came to New York. I came into close contact with old manuscripts, e.g. in the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam, and with more modern Hebrew and Yiddish books of the famous book collector Dr U. Von Kritter in Bad Homburg (Germany). This provided me with a good background to delve into the many interesting Jewish themes you find in my artistic work.
My art is also a tribute to music and to the world of the great Chassidic masters of Eastern Europe, the world of the shtetl that lives on in many stories. The Kotzker Rebbe listened to a storyteller in the street and stated:
"He told what he wanted and I heard what I needed."
That is Art.
Fore more info, contact the artist at Shoshbm@aol.com
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