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Street-Light::The Urban Impressionism of Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Sun, September 8, 2013 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Using a style he calls "urban impressionistic realism," Rabbi Kushner's extraordinary oil paintings draw from Kabbalistic literature on the "hidden light of creation." Meet the artist and hear about his process at a free art opening reception on Sun, Sept 8th.

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ABOUT THE SHOW

The show will feature Rabbi Kushner's "Urban Impressionistic Realism," in which he coaxes the viewer to notice the light and beauty in ordinary scenes. He draws this tradition from the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic literature on the Or Ganooz/The Hidden Light of Creation, and will speak about this at the opening reception.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is represented by the George Krevsky Gallery of San Francisco.

ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION

Meet the artist, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, learn about his process, and enjoy complementary treats at a free art gallery opening reception on Sunday, September 8th at 4pm.

For sales inquiries: Contact George Krevsky Gallery of San Francisco: 415-397-9748, www.georgekrevskygallery.com

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

clientuploads/directory/CJP/2013-14 Season/Larry-Kushner_headshot.jpgRabbi Lawrence Kushner was born in Detroit in 1943. As a boy and through junior high school, Rabbi Kushner’s life revolved around art and he was the recipient of many awards. His painting went into hibernation when he decided to become a rabbi.

After his ordination in 1969, he served for thirty years in Sudbury, Massachusetts. For the past decade he has been the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He is the author of over a score of books on spirituality and Kabbalah as well as a novel.

And now, after a fifty year hiatus, he has returned to his art full-force. He studies with the Baja-San Rafael impressionist, Ezra Katz. 

According to the Zohar, in the light with which God began creation, Adam and Eve were able to see from one end of space to the other end of time. But, when the Creator realized that, if human beings could use such infinite awareness, they would destroy everything. (If you could see into the future, tell me you wouldn’t dabble in real estate.) So God hid the light. And just this is the task of the artist: To reveal the radiance once again; light is everywhere.

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