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Homecoming to the Holy Land: New Works
by Moshe Zabari
Judaism, throughout its long history, has shaped an eloquent and distinctive spiritual, ceremonial, and aesthetic heritage, well-known in its liturgical and literary expression. The Skirball Museum collection ranks high among repositories of the visual art generated over many centuries by the Jewish heritage. What may in general be less familiar is the visual art flowing from Jewish experience in the past half-century, and the Skirball Cultural Center is therefore especially delighted to offer the public Homecoming to the Holy Land: New Work by Moshe Zabari" as one of three exhibitions commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Israeli statehood.
Moshe Zabari, a sculptor of Israeli background and Yemenite ancestry, who lived and worked for more than two decades in the United States, has created a nonpareil bridge between American and Israeli life. A believer, he has evolved his own pungent sense of Jewish tradition. It is a midrash, formed naturally from his own experience in Israel and America, that seeks in its own terms to illuminate the sometimes troubling connection between tradition and modernity in contemporary Jewish life.
Zabari is a master. His is a compelling, idiosyncratic encounter with both traditional and contemporary Jewish spiritual motifs.
Paperback, 64 pages. Published by the Skirball Cultural Center, 1998.