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January 11, 2007


Ron Coleman

Avakesh, why do painters idealize Chasidim all the time as mystical, profound beings? Don't you think it's a little trite once you get to know them and it turns out they're more or less like us?

Not that I don't love the painting; I do.


Probably because it is easier to get away with a mistake in technique when painting a susnset than when painting a gabage can. Because they are exotic and non-religious Jews who buy the pointings like them. Also because they represent spirituality, even if many of them, like all humans often fall short of their ideals.

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