Giving Form to Pathos: A Review of David Bekker at Koehnline Museum of Art

By Chris Miller
David Bekker, “Neilah,” from the Collection of Ezra & Eve Perkal/Image: Koehnline Museum of Art
European Jews have been indispensable to modernism: as painters (Modigliani), sculptors (Lipchitz), dealers (Kahnweiler), patrons (Guggenheim) and critics (Greenburg). Yet even as they contributed to that international phenomenon, their own community was experiencing a series of disasters that would be worse than anyone could have imagined. Jewish artists who responded directly to the persecution, flight and relocation of their people remain outside the canon of art history. But it was the modern expressive visual language that many used to tell their story.[More]

From Sorrow to Triumphant Joy: The Art of David Bekker,” through January 24, at Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL.
David Bekker, “Bronx Express”/Image: Koehnline Museum of Art