All posts tagged Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall: The French painter who inspired the title ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

My article appears in The Washington Post.

Northwestern U. exhibit draws on Birobidzhan propaganda

CHICAGO — A 1931 Russian lithograph poster shows a man wearing a hat pointing his finger in a manner reminiscent of the Uncle Sam “We want you!” genre. But in this case he implores the reader to spend 50 kopecks on a lottery ticket “to build a socialist Birobidzhan, the future Jewish Autonomous Region.” Another […]

Pope’s favorite painting returns to Chicago after seven-month exile

… Under newly consistent light and amid the slick renovation, Chagall’s Jesus wears a sort of turban on his head, and instead of a loincloth he dons a Jewish prayer shawl, or a tallit. Surrounding the central crucifixion scene, a synagogue burns to the right, rabbis fly in the air above (where one might expect […]

Marc Chagall’s ‘Praying Jew’ at the Art Institute of Chicago

Members view Marc Chagall’s The Praying Jew (1923) at the Art Institute of Chicago’s preview of its renovated modern European paintings and sculpture section. I liked how the women on the right looks like she is wearing a prayer shawl or phylacteries just like Chagall’s model.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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