Thursday, November 04, 2021

Star of David Kaleidoscope


Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Star of David Ascii Art


Monday, August 23, 2021

Holocaust Icons in Art by Batya Brutin


Published in the book

Holocaust Icons in Art: The Warsaw Ghetto Boy and Anne Frank by Batya Brutin, 2020

Fig. 80: Jennifer Gottschalk, Yellow Badge / Warsaw Boy, 2008, digital art, 42 × 59.4 cm. Courtesy

of the artist.

Jennifer Gottschalk, a Jewish artist (b. 1975) born in South Africa and living in

New Zealand, depicted the Warsaw boy in a particularly Jewish manner. In her work

Yellow Badge / Warsaw Boy, created in 2008 (Fig. 80), [44] the dark shadow of the

Warsaw boy and the yellow Star of David on his chest are seen. Above the shadow,

close to the right edge of the work, there is a cut-off yellow Star of David and in it the word Juif (French for “Jew”). On the left side, there is a large yellow Star of David, filling

about two-thirds of the work and in it the word Jude (German for “Jew”). The image of

the boy, the yellow stars, and the background comprised of 1,700 names of Holocaust

victims (to commemorate at least a few of them) of different ages and places, were

taken from Yad Vashem’s victim database. Although the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto

did not wear a yellow Star of David but a white armband with a blue Star of David,

through the image of the Warsaw boy with the prominent yellow Star of David the artist

tried to represent all the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. By means of the full yellow

Star of David with the word Jude and the partial yellow Star of David with the word

Juif, the artist wished to teach us that the Holocaust happened not only in Germany but

in other countries, such as France. Through the partial star in the top right corner that

symbolizes continuity, the artist also conveyed the wide reach of the event.

Gottschalk employed a technique reminiscent of micrography in ancient Hebrew

manuscripts, but instead of words that explain the biblical text while creating shapes

and images, she uses the names of Holocaust victims to create her work.

[44] The initiative to create this work came from Zeev Barkan of Jerusalem, a researcher of the

Star of David and the author of the Star of David Album <a href="" rel="noreferrer nofollow"></a>

(accessed in December 2014), who suggested to the artist that she create the shape of a Star of

David and, employing a digital technique, fill it with names of Holocaust victims. The author’s

correspondence with Jennifer Gottschalk, January 2009.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Star of David outside the Room of the Last Supper

On the wall of the first floor
at the entrance
it stands on two points

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

1 million page views

After 13 years this blog crossed 1 million page views.
I started it to promote star of David lampshades designed by my son
but soon I realized that I have an unprecedented  opportunity
to collect quantities of qualitative pictures of stars of David
From all over the globe.
I felt like a Cabalistic collector of pieces of broken vessels.
Then came the exhibitions all around the world about star of David in Israeli Art
and dozens of clips I uploaded to YouTube
Then came the books:
The first was a summary of this blog [in Hebrew]
The second a pictorial history of the star of David symbol [in English]
The third about the Yellow Star in art [in Hebrew]
The fourth - an online booklet about the star of David in Israeli Art  [in Hebrew & English]
The fifth is a collection of articles binded by the librarians of the Israeli
National Library  [in Hebrew]
And all along this long long  journey I was helped by hundreds of
contributors of materials for this blog. 
It is their achievement not less than mine.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Signs and Symbols at The Jewish Museum in New York

The Jewish Museum in New York has an exhibit titled Signs and Symbols on view through January 6, 2019. 
The exhibit "examines the meaning of the Star of David within Jewish contexts as well as the various interpretations of the six-pointed star as a widespread motif in other cultures. Works on view range from a Bohemian Hanukkah lamp (probably 18th century) that uses the star as an emblem for this Czech Jewish community to Persian and Indian Judaica that feature the symbol as an expression of late 19th and early 20th-century Zionist sentiment. A ceramic beer pitcher from the late 19th century decorated with the star is also on display, attesting to secular use of the hexagram as a symbol for beer in Europe. Examples of post-Holocaust art are also featured, including Morris Louis’s Man Reaching for a Star (1952), and in Dana Frankfort’s Star of David (Orange) (2007), the artist intends the star to be a symbol that anyone can make the subject of a work of art".
Thanks to Amir Roggel for telling me about this event and for the photograph.