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Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace,
    Danforth Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue, 2006

Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace, Danforth Art Exhibition Catalogue, 2006


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Boston Expressionism at Danforth Art

Danforth Art continues its commitment to Boston Expressionism with ambitious shows as part of the Museum’s on going exploration of work by Boston Expressionist painters, beginning with Jack Levine: Political Discourse in 2005, Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace in 2006, Arthur Polonsky: Thief of Light in 2008, and Jason Berger: Directed Vision in 2009.  Hyman Bloom and Jack Levine both realized great success in the late 1930’s, and inspired a generation of young painters who studied with Karl Zerbe at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Many of these talented students were first generation Jewish immigrants, who drew upon their Eastern European heritage.  Working from memory rather than directly from nature, they often depicted scenes inspired by the Hebrew Talmud to express their profound belief in the human spirit.  Considered together, the work of these painters reveals a unique glimpse into Boston’s Jewish cultural history from post World War II until the present time.

Past exhibitions featuring work by David Aronson , Gerry Bergstein , and Henry Schwartz convey different aspects of this fascinating story, and we very much hope that you will become engaged by attending exhibitions & openings, scheduling a docent-led tour for yourself or and small groups of friends or members of your organization.

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Past Exhibitions

A FEAST OF PURE REASON: Expressionism in Boston
November 14, 2010 - February 6, 2011

BOSTON EXPRESSIONISM: Other Voices
September 12, 2010 - November 7, 2010

HENRY SCHWARTZ : The Eternal Footman
November 22, 2009 - February 28, 2010

GERRY BERGSTEIN : Effort at Speech
November 18, 2009 - March 14, 2010

DAVID ARONSON : The Paradox
November 21, 2009 - February 28, 2010

JASON BERGER : Directed Vision
October 24, 2008 - March 1, 2009

ARTHUR POLONSKY : A Thief of Light
February 10 - May 18, 2008

HYMAN BLOOM : A Spiritual Embrace
December 1, 2006 - March 11, 2007

JACK LEVINE : Political Discourse
March 31 - May 22, 2005

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Press

"An Outsider, Deep Inside Himself
The reclusive Jewish painter Hyman Bloom reminds us that spirituality is still a viable artistic path"

By Lance Esplund, cityArts, January 12, 2010

"Alternative Universe
Boston Expressionism in context"

By Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix, December 16, 2009

"Painting with a Boston accent
Danforth exhibition traces paths of three local Expressionists"
By Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe, December 13, 2009

"Bergstein is the center of a constellation of 4 Danforth exhibits"
By Chris Bergeron, MetroWest Daily News, December 7, 2009

"Unfinished business"
By Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe, October 11, 2009

"Henry Schwartz 1927 to 2009
Remembering a Second Generation Boston Expressionist"

By Charles Giuliano, Berkshire Fine Arts, February 20, 2009

"Revival of the Boston Expressionists"
By Greg Cook, The Boston Globe, February 17, 2008

"Gallery NAGA Presents Henry Schwartz: The Awakening and His Last Paintings"
By Charles Giuliano, Maverick Arts Magazine, January 26, 2008

"Is Hyman Bloom Still America's Greatest Living Artist"
By Charles Giuliano, Maverick Arts Magazine, February 27, 2007

"Hyman Bloom and Boston Expressionism"
By Greg Cook, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, December 31, 2006

"A Spiritual Quest: The Metaphysics of Hyman Bloom"
By Greg Cook, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2006

"A Spiritual Embrace: Rabbis haunt the colorful imagination of artist Hyman Bloom"
By Jennifer Lord, Metrowest Daily News, December 17, 2006

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Resources

Arthur Polonsky: A Thief of Light
Danforth Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue, 2008
Catalogue and Essay by Katherine French (view essay)
Additional Essays by Barbara Swan and Arthur Polonsky
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008922008

Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace
Danforth Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue, 2006
Foreword by Rabbi David Sears (view foreword)
Catalogue and Essay by Katherine French (view essay)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2006937958

Boston Modern: Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism
By Judith Arlene Bookbinder
Published by UPNE, 2005
ISBN 1584654880, 9781584654889, 372 pages

Painting in Boston: 1950-2000
By Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Nicholas J. Capasso, Jennifer Uhrhane,
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Published by University of Massachusetts Press, 2002
ISBN 1558493646, 9781558493643, 264 pages

Against the Grain: The Second Generation of Boston Expressionism
October 28 - December 17, 2000
University of New Hampshire Art Gallery

Hyman Bloom
Tied to the Tracks Films, 2005
Angelica Allenda Brisk, Producer/Director/Co-Writer

Filmmaker Angélica Allende Brisk with David Aronson,
          his wife, painter, Georgianna Nyman and 
          Danforth Art Director, Katherine French

Filmmaker Angélica Allende Brisk with David Aronson, his wife, painter, Georgianna Nyman and Danforth Art Director, Katherine French


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