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Even after forty years and more, the excitement I feel daily at the challenge of creating art remains undimmed. Over these many years, some aspects of my art have changed; notable among these changes is the specific medium (oils, acrylics, graphics, collage, wall hangings, mosaics, ceramics etc.) I have selected as best suited to express my vision at a particular time. Yet my art, through all its variety, remains constant in some important respects. I have always worked in series, preferring to explore any given subject matter in depth. Since my main interest is the state of mankind, I have explored that subject both directly and indirectly throughout my long involvement with art. Whether in my VIETNAM series, the Holocaust Paintings, the Holocaust Wall Paintings, the Jewish History Wall Hangings, the Self Portraits of a Holocaust Artist, the Homo Sapiens series and the Genocide series—and in countless other works—I have used art as a unique tool for the expression of my ideas and feelings about the human condition.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Judith Weinshall Liberman came to the United States after completing high school. She earned four American university degrees in social studies and law, including a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School. After settling in the Boston area in 1956, she studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Massachusetts College of Art, at the DeCordova Museum School and at the Art Institute of Boston. She completed all course work for the M.F.A. degree at Boston University School for the Arts and is certified as an art teacher. Ms. Liberman is an award winning author and illustrator. Her art has been exhibited in museums and other public institutions in the United States and in Israel. Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including the collections of the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum in Kibbutz Lochemai Hagetaot and the Haifa Museum of Modern Art in Haifa, Israel; the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, The Jackson Homestead Museum in Newton and the Museum of our National Heritage in Lexington, Massachusetts; The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut; The Temple Museum of Religious Art of Temple Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
by Judith Weinshall Liberman
Published in 2002. Hardcover/dust jacket, plates in color and black and white.
Available from Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for $25 plus postage or from AMAZON.COM
Holocaust Wall Hangings is an unusual book in that it combines reproductions of a series of unique, multimedia artworks about the Holocaust with analytical essays about these works written by three noted experts, each from a different perspective: the Holocaust and Holocaust art, art history, and Jewish art. The artist's vision of the Holocaust as expressed in the Holocaust Wall Hangings is here represented by reproductions of forty-five of Judith Weinshall Liberman's artworks as well as by detailed annotations discussing the historical background and the art pertaining to each. Her approach is also illuminated in an essay entitled "How I Create Them", in which the artist takes the reader step by step through the process of creating her wall hangings. Judging by the reviews and comments about the Holocaust Wall Hangings during exhibitions of the artworks in museums and other public institutions in the United States and abroad, this book should be of interest to people of varied cultural backgrounds and a broad range of ages—from elementary school to old age. Holocaust Wall Hangings is a book that should appeal to students of history as well as to art lovers and to artists seeking a unique new form of expression.
In this moving autobiography, Judith Weinshall Liberman traces her personal development as a woman and as an artist over the forty-five year period between 1947 and 1992. This development is seen against the backdrop of the important historical events of the time. It was in 1947, before the State of Israel was established, that Judith Weinshall, an unsophisticated 18-year old girl born in Palestine, arrived in the United States to pursue higher education. In accordance with her parents' wishes, she was to study journalism, while at the same time absorbing Western values, so she could contribute to her nation's cause when she returned to her native land. Despite deep misgivings about her studies, and notwithstanding her natural attraction to art, she spent seven long years in the United States studying journalism, political science and law and earning several degrees. Eventually she realized that she had to find her personal path rather than pursue the one laid out for her by others. She began studying art, and over the following few decades created numerous series of artworks about the human condition. While tracing her personal and artistic development, this autobiography reveals the artist's thinking in creating her artworks and illuminates the close relationship between her life and her art. Although she had not served her people in the way her parents may have anticipated, she felt that through her art she was serving not only the cause of her people but that of all decent people everywhere.
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