Jt) Kanof, Abram

Published by Raleigh; North Carolina Museum Of Art, 1975
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Original Wraps. 4to. 92 pages. 26 cm. First edition. Introduction and catalogue notes by Abram Kanof. Catalogue of 184 items, profusely illustrated in black and white. Catalogue of the important first exhibition of Jewish Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art: "In the late 1960s, Dr. Kanof retired from a successful medical and teaching career in New York and moved to Raleigh. Thirty more years lay ahead of him. Retirement freed Abe to pursue his bliss, including the scholarly study of Jewish art and symbolism. He wrote books. He traveled. He involved himself in the affairs of the Triangle’s small Jewish community. And he joined the North Carolina Museum of Art. In 1974 he convinced Director Moussa Domit to let him organize an exhibition of 'Ceremonial Art in the Judaic Tradition. ' The unexpected success of that show inspired Abe with the grander dream of a permanent collection of Judaica at the Museum. Domit and the Museum didn’t say no, but it was made clear that Abe would have to raise the funds and assemble the collection himself. Abe welcomed the challenge. For years he traveled the state, lecturing to civic and religious groups, all the while wheedling, coaxing, and cajoling potential donors. Abe and his wife also donated many objects from their own collection. By 1983 when the Museum opened on Blue Ridge Road, one of the most remarkable galleries featured not Old Master paintings but glittering Torah crowns, Hanukkah lamps, and Sabbath candlesticks. From the beginning the Judaic Art Gallery expressed Abe Kanof’s ecumenical vision. He knew that his audience was predominantly not Jewish. What he hoped to create was a place accessible to all where the spiritual and cultural life of the Jewish people could be both celebrated and shared through memorable works of art. Believing that the vitality of Judaism was best reflected in ceremonial art of contemporary design, he also insisted that equal attention be given to objects in modernist styles. " (North Carolina Museum of Art; Our Own Dr. Kanof) Subjects: Judaism - Liturgical objects - Exhibitions. Jewish art and symbolism – Exhibitions. Errata slip inserted. Light wear to wraps, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (ART-22-4). Bookseller Inventory # 33379

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Publisher: Raleigh; North Carolina Museum Of Art

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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