Mystical Rabbis by Reclusive Hyman Bloom Shine in NY

In Hyman Bloom’s ecstatic paintings,
old, bearded men with knobby fingers, in wide-brimmed fur hats,
clutch Torah scrolls.

“Hyman Bloom: Paintings and Drawings, 1940-2005” is
Bloom’s first exhibition in New York since 2009, the year he
died at 96. It focuses on his “Rabbinical Series” and feels
like a discovery.

Organized by artist Jan Frank at White Box, a nonprofit
exhibition space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, this gem
of a show brings art history to an area better known for hip,
conceptual installations by emerging artists. It also taps the
history of the neighborhood which became home to thousands of
Jews around the turn of the 20th century.

“Hyman Bloom was really the missing link between more
figurative, symbolist work that was done in the 1930s and 1940s
and Abstract Expressionism,” said Katherine French, director ofArticle source:

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