Thursday, September 16, 2004

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

[Chassidim traveling to visit their Rebbe by Zalman Kleinman]

Discovering this artist for the first time was a revelation. Zalman Kleinman's work touched me in so many ways: I found it fascinating and peculiar; exotic, yet familiar; shockingly new; funny without any cruelty; both primitive and sophisticated; and most of all, touchingly human. Enjoy... and have a Happy Rosh Hashanah!

The Art of Zalman Kleinman

Zalman Kleinman was a Chassidic artist living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Unlike many other current Chassidic artists, who come from a Baaley Teshuva [baalei teshuva] background, Zalman came from a family that has been with Chabad for many generations. He was a self-taught artist... who embodied the true menchlichkeit and quiet sincerity of an elder Chabadnik. His artwork is stunning in its ability to be both life-like and 3 Dimensional.

-- Yechezkal-Shimon Gutfreund, gallery director

[He seems to be a meshugana by Zalman Kleinman]

[Pursuit by the Angel of Death (Malach HaMovet) by Zalman Kleinman]

[A Night-time Wedding by Zalman Kleinman]

Click to view more of the incredible art of Zalman Kleinman.

[All art from A Chabad Art and Picture Gallery]

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