Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Judaism Informs Tobi Kahn's Work, His Art Transcends Spiritual Motives

By Yulia Tikhonova
Tobi Kahn, PATUACH SAGUR PATUACH, 2012, Acrylic on wood, 9 3/4 x 12 3/8 x 8 3/4 in., Courtesy of the artist
FLORIDA---Tobi Kahn's Reverie presents paintings, works on paper and sculptures by the NYC-based artist, whose observant Judaism is integral to his art practice. Most important to a proper understanding of Kahn's art is the fundamental significance of the Jewish ethical principle of tikkun olam (literal translation: "world repair"), which designates an obligation to repair or heal the broken world. These paintings convey the artist's deep belief that God is part of every aspect of our world, as well as his commitment to reach across denominational lines. [link]

Cornell Fine Arts Museum: "Tobi Kahn: Reverie" (Ends); Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave. Winter Park Area, FL; (407) 646-2526;

Tobi Kahn, AKH-ITIM, 2014, Acrylic on wood, Courtesy of the artist