Urban Akeida

Richard McBee Reception and Gallery Talk

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Beth El - Keser Israel
85 Harrison St at Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT 06515

 “Akeidah Verbs and Others,” paintings by Richard McBee, is on exhibition through January 11. A reception for the artist will be held in the BEKI Art Gallery on December 5 from 6 to 8 pm, with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 pm. “Akeida Verbs” is a series of 30 paintings that attempt to plumb the mystery of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac’s terrifying final encounter with their God. “By isolating almost every verb or significant action in Genesis Chapter 22 and related passages,” McBee explains, “I hope to uncover and begin to make sense of this story’s narrative streams in 30 crucial scenes. Slowing down and concentrating on individual words and moments provide a fractured cinematic experience unlike any previous artwork I have done on this subject over the last 40 years.” In contrast, “Urban Akeida Diptych” focuses on the Angel of Death’s coming for the soul of Isaac; thwarted, the Angel of Death is forced to turn his icy gaze to the matriarch Sarah. “The result,” McBee says, “is the final act of this tragic family.” McBee is a painter of Biblical subject matter and a writer on Jewish Art. From 2000 until 2014, he wrote about the Jewish Arts for The Jewish Press, and he continues to exhibit paintings, lecture, and curate Jewish art exhibitions. He is a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon. His website richardmcbee.com exhibits over 300 of his artworks and 250 of his Jewish Art reviews. For more information: office@beki.org