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Joys and Sorrows Exhibition

Art Works

Joys

painting

Judith Goldstein
Apples in a Basket. 24" x 20". Acrylic. 2003.

conductors

Judith Goldstein
Conductors. 24" x 30". Acrylic. 2004.

the river

Judith Goldstein
The River. 24" x 30". Acrylic. 2004.

dance

Judith Goldstein
Dance. 30" x 24". Acrylic/Collage. 2005.

dance

Judith Goldstein
Dance. 30" x 24". Acrylic/Collage. 2005.

firebird

Judith Goldstein
Firebird. 22" x 28". Acrylic/Collage. 2004.

dance in blue

Judith Goldstein
Dance in Blue. 22" x 28". Acrylic/Collage. 2004.

men with concertina

Judith Goldstein.
Men With Concertina . 30" x 36". Acrylic. 1980.

red roses

Judith Goldstein.
Red Roses. 24" x 36". Acrylic. 1980.

a summer day

Judith Goldstein.
A Summer Day . 38" x 30". Acrylic. 1992.

rehersal

Judith Goldstein.
Rehearsal. 24" x 36". Collage/Acrylic. 1996.

jealousy

Judith Goldstein.
Jealousy. 27" x 36". Collage. 1997.

blue jerusalem

Judith Goldstein.
Blue Jerusalem . 24" x 18". Acrylic. 1997.

sea of life

Judith Goldstein.
Sea of Life . 40" x 48". Collage/Acrylic. 1999.

the lagoon

Judith Goldstein.
The Lagoon . 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 2001.

the guitarist

Judith Goldstein.
The Guitarist. 36" x 26". Acrylic. 2002.

tanscendence

Judith Goldstein.
Trascendance. 24" x 30". Acrylic. 2002.

the jester

Judith Goldstein.
The Jester. 19" x 38". Collage/Acrylic. 2002.

afternoon of a faun

Judith Goldstein.
Afternoon of a Faun . 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 2001

daisies

Judith Goldstein.
Daisies. 20" x 24". Acrylic. 2002.

the forest

Judith Goldstein.
The Forest . 18" x 14". Acrylic. 2002.

the trio

Judith Goldstein
The Trio. 33" x 26". Collage. 1985.

dance of flowers

Judith Goldstein
Dance of Flowers. 30" x 25". Collage. 1995.

oedipus complex

Judith Goldstein
Oedipus Complex. 26" x 25". Collage.

jazz dancers

Judith Goldstein
The Jazz Dancers. 32" x 25". Collage. 1984.

can can

Judith Goldstein
Can, Can. 34" x 27". Collage. 1988.

acrobats

Judith Goldstein
Acrobats. 25" x 32". Collage. 1987.

Painting

Judith Goldstein
Dance In The Garden. 26" x 38". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

improvisation

Judith Goldstein
Improvisation . 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 1998.

painting

Judith Goldstein
The Chasidim. 25" x 19". Collage. 1983.

movements

Judith Goldstein
Movements. 25" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

movements

Judith Goldstein
In The Spring. 39" x 33". Acrylic. 1976.

movements

Judith Goldstein
On A High Mountain. 46" x 40". Acrylic.

arabesque

Judith Goldstein
Arabesque. 25¾" x 33". Acrylic/collage. 2000

gypsy

Judith Goldstein
The Gypsy. 24" x 20". Acrylic/collage. 2000.

green pond

Judith Goldstein
Green Pond. 30" x 40". Acrylic. 2000.

the bridge

Judith Goldstein
The Bride. 28" x 42". Acrylic/collage. 2000.

instruments

Judith Goldstein
Instruments. 46" x 40". Acrylic. 1983.

instruments

Judith Goldstein
A Ketuba - a Jewish Marriage Contract.

sitter

Judith Goldstein
Girl on Grass. 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 2003.

glass bottles

Judith Goldstein
Glass Bottles. 22" x 28". Collage/Acrylic. 2003.

 

Sorrows

Judith Goldstein.
Moons of War. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 2001.

All the Symbols in this painting depict the war against the Jews. It begins with the birth of Nazism, in the early thirties, and leads us through the war until the liberation. Most of the moons are the years of suffering. The others are of freedom and hope.

Judith Goldstein.
The Cage. 15" x 25". Collage/Acrylic. 2002.

The handful of people who are still incarcerated are hopeless, lonely and desperate. The rays of the sun are good omen.

no escape

 

Judith Goldstein.
No Escape. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 2002.

Despair, confusion, prayer and fear. People are moving in all directions looking for the road to freedom.

one way

Judith Goldstein.
One Way. 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

The invisible trains are in movement. The onlookers know where these people are going. They are helpless. They too will go that road of no return.

yixkor

Judith Goldstein.
Yizkor. 14" x 18". Collage/Pencil. 1997.

Horror in the face.  Tears of fire. The eyebrow, is a line of people on their last journey.  The hat in the painting is full of skeletons.  The Yizkor (the candles) is for those who once lived.  They had names like: Yakoz, Rivka etc.

the pile

Judith Goldstein.
The Pile. 14.5" x 21". Collage/Acylic. 1997.

In concentration camp, I saw small piles of shoes and big mountains of shoes.

Judith Goldstein.
The Mountain. 24" x 41". Collage/Acylic. 1997.

Another interpretation of shoes at concentration camps.  I often looked to see if there are shoes that belonged to my family and me.

hope

Judith Goldstein.
Hope. 24" x 30". Collage. 1994.

This figure, behind a fence, raises his hands to God.  He hoped help will come through prayer.  Some people never gave up hope.  Some people were angry with God.  Because for them the miracle never happened.

anguish

Judith Goldstein.
Anguish. 27" x 33.5". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

Based on memories and imagery. This scene is familiar to almost all survivors.  This is my interpretation.

Judith Goldstein.

Judith Goldstein.
The Burning Barn . 26" x 28.5". Acrylic/Collage. 1997.

Based on a story my friend told me.  In the town Krivitz, Poland, 1040 Jews were gathered into a barn and burned.  My friend's family was in the barn.

spectres

Judith Goldstein.
Spectres. 34.5" x 26.5". Acrylic. 1997.

These faces have a ghostly look we all had in concentration camp.  We lost hope.  Physically still alive, but emotionally dead.

nishomot

Judith Goldstein.
Nishomot - Floating Spirits . 17" x 17". Pencil On Paper.

These spirits continue to float across the globe, as their bodies were never buried.

nishomot

Judith Goldstein.
Nishomot - Floating Spirits . 16" x 19". Pencil On Paper.

These spirits continue to float across the globe, as their bodies were never buried.

and still the star survived

Judith Goldstein.
And Still The Star Survived . 36" x 29". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

The interior of the star is burning and shattered.  This is where I was. The exterior is full of life.

outcry

Judith Goldstein.
The Outcry. 12.5" x 15". Collage. 1990.

An interpretation of the slaughter at Ponary.  Ponary, a place outside Vilno, Poland (Now Lithuania).

ponary

Judith Goldstein
Ponary. 34" x 27". Collage. 1988.

An area on the outskirts of Vilno, Poland ( now Lithuania).  At Ponary, about 50,000 Jews were shot and thrown into pits.  Now, it is a memorial park.  The trees and bushes are half human in the art work.

the partisan

Judith Goldstein
The Partisan. 34" x 27". Collage. 1988.

Based on a book "Do Not Go Gentle" by Charles Gelman, a survivor of the Holocaust.  He was a partisan and fought in the forest the battles against the Nazis.

without a voice

Judith Goldstein
Without A Voice. 28" x 36". Collage/Acrylic. 1996.

Desperate moments of separation.  Clinging to each other and nothing more to say.

my mother's tear

Judith Goldstein
My Mother's Tear. 33" x 26". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

My mother continued to cry many years after the Holocaust for those who could not live.  Particularly, my father.

behind the fence

Judith Goldstein
Behind The Fence. 26" x 20". Collage. 1993.

The very young did not know what is about to happen, so they held on to their parents.  The father in this work, hopes for a miracle to happen.

the victims

Judith Goldstein
The Victims
. 27" x 23". Mixed/Media. 1998.

I paint the canvas of my childhood, and sing the images I see.

Separation is still a very scary experience.  In camps we were always separated from: mothers, fathers, siblings and other family members.  We were put into categories of:  children, the sick, young or old, and people with special skills.  People who were strong and had skills had a better chance to survive the daily struggles.  This group, in the painting is simply a category group - "The Victims".

dance on red soil

Judith Goldstein
Dance on Red Soil . 28" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 1999.

The stains of the past will always remain, but the grass will grow, dance and give life.  Among survivors, who witnessed killings by shooting and beating people to death, we always say; "The earth is soaked with Jewish blood in certain places like Ponary (a forest outside Vilno, Poland), or Babi Yar (Russia).  Many years later, the past lingers on in our minds and the memories a real.  But life must go on, ....

the dance of death

Judith Goldstein
The Dance of Death. 36" x 24". Collage/Acrylic. 1999.

Fragmented thoughts of life in concentration camp. The swastika will always be my enemy connected with Nazis, smoke, and brutality. The shawl in this painting is a symbol of wanting to keep warm, even in death.

behind the wooden fence

Judith Goldstein
Behind The Wooden Fence . 24" x  27". Mixed Media. 1996.

Jewish children, in the Ghetto trying to look through a fence where other children who are free are playing.  I was one of those children behind the fence wishing to be free like the others.

Judith Goldstein
The Monument. 41" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

The Monument is a structure to commemorate the Holocaust of WWII.

The six stars of David represents the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and who never had a proper burial.

The human images surround the monument. On top, God trying to embrace them into the gates of heaven.

trees of life and death

Judith Goldstein
The Trees of Life and Death . 48" x 37". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

Memories and my experiences during the Holocaust which I have carried through my life and are still felt today.  At that time there was an obsession and fear of death, and an absolute fear from a child's perspective of the Swastika.  My visual language in this work moves from Right to Left.

The Tree of Death, represents many deaths.  The Swastika to me is like the devil himself, with facial characteristics like Hitler.  The branches and sorrounding are part of my past memories from Vilno Ghetto and several concentration camps.

The Tree of Life in this painting, reflects the positive parts of life after the liberation.  The shofar (ram's horn) appear as a metaphor for redemption, not only for myself, but for all survivors.

the unknown fate

Judith Goldstein
The Unknown Fate. 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 1997.

Artist's memories of times in concentration camp.  Standing naked, outdoors in the cold about to enter the showers, not knowing if the showers will give water or gas.

the last journey

Judith Goldstein
The Last Journey. 22" x 25". Collage. 1991.

Based on memories at concentration camps and before that in the Vilno Ghetto.

I saw wagons with dead bodies every day.   The person's face, who pulled the wagon is dark with grief.  My fear of the swastika was always there like an arrow pointing at me.

vilno ghetto

Judith Goldstein
Vilno Ghetto. 51" x 30". Mixed Media. 1994.

Based on symbols in a ring that the artist's father made for her in the ghetto from a silver coin.

The collage utilizes the Hebrew letters vov and gimmel, which stands for vov (for Vilno), gimmel (for Ghetto).  The rest incorporates symbols of oppression and dehumanization with a few elements of hope.

Judith Goldstein
The Crematory. 33" x 12". Collage/Pencil. 1994.

The oven and smokestack appear as a modern icon, with visions of human heads in the smoke.

"I watched and smelled".  I lived with the fear of going there too.

mother and child

Judith Goldstein
Mother and Child. 26" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1989.

Many Jews escaped from the Ghetto to the forests and reached a dead end.  In this art work, the mother, lost in the woods with here child, hungry and cold, is waiting for nothing to happen.  Her child, on her left next to her is dead.  Her limbs are swollen.  The vultures are waiting.

Judith Goldstein
The Lonely Street. 24" x 36". Acrylic. 1980.

At the liquidation of the Vilno Ghetto, I remember the empty streets.  It felt so lonely.

on the lookout

Judith Goldstein
On the Lookout. 24" x 30". Acrylic/collage. 2000.

Explanation: Many Jews fled to the forest and became partisans.  They lived there in hiding (many underground) without warm clothing, food, sanitation or medicine.  Many died.  Those who were stronger and younger survived the bitter cold winters.  Some had ammunition and guarded their sites.

At night, the leaders came out of the forest to beg for food from the peasants who lived near by. Some were kind and helped, and some acted as informers.

Judith Goldstein
Heaven and Hell . 24" x 30". Acrylic/collage. 2000.

Explanation: Undeserved whippings at the hands of Nazis.  The spirits of the victims ascend to Heaven.

hate and dispair

Judith Goldstein.
Hate and Despair . 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 2000.

The forest is in despair watching the killings of innocent people. Helpless, they too hate those who are responsible.

restless souls

Judith Goldstein.
Restless Souls at Ponary . 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic. 2003.

Ponary is a forest outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. During the Nazi occupation one hundred thousand people were murdered there and thrown into pits.  Seventy thousand were Jews from Vilnius and the surrounding areas. Today it is a memorial park.

tsunami

Judith Goldstein
Tsunami of 2005. 10" x 15". Mixed Media on Wood. 2005.

A nightmare of human misery and tragedy, and destruction created by the acts of nature.

face to face with history

Judith Goldstein
Face to Face with History. 21" x 27". Mixed Media on Wood. 2005.

A collection of painful memories from World War II and the Holocaust years. Ghetto and ponary years, concentration camps and the loss of family. After the war, freedom and the birth of Israel.

the other side

Judith Goldstein
The Other Side. 30" x 40". Collage/Acrylic on canvas. 2004.

My world was divided by fear and the desire to live.  How I wished to be with people who are free, can walk through the forest, sing and hear the echo of their voices.

Judith Goldstein
Rabbi Hanina and the Roman. 22" x 28". Mixed Media. 2004.

Martyr, Rabbi Hanina Ben Teradyon, (second century) was head of the Yeshiva under Roman rule. It was against the law to teach the Torah. In defiance of the prohibition, Rabbi Hanina taught the Torah. As a punishment, the Romans sentenced him to death by burning.  It is said, that the executioner, moved by his suffering, helped him die sooner by removing the wrappings of the Torah scrolls and the wet cotton near his heart.

It also tells us that at the end, the Roman chose to jump into the fire, and the Hebrew Alphabet rose to heaven.

the wall

Judith Goldstein
The Wall. 10" x 15". Mixed Media on Wood. 2005.

A collage of images near the wall in Jerusalem praying for the existence of Israel.

The threat of losing this holy place is always present among the people who live there.

Judith Goldstein
Holocaust. 16" x 16". Mixed Media on Wood. 2005.

The Holocaust was a massacre so willfully orchestrated and so brutally executed by the nazis.

Reflections

Below is a series of 4 paintings. A sequence of events 1940-1945 WWII. "Reflections" is based on a musical composition in four movements by Judith Goldstein.

Reflections catalog (PDF)

innocence

Judith Goldstein
Reflections: 1st Movement - Innocence. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1998.

Innocence - Theme and variations. Children at play. The bright colors and the star of David, joy, happiness and security.

anguish

Judith Goldstein
Reflections: 2nd Movement - Anguish. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1998.

The War has started. There is fear, tension and panic among the Jews.

rebirth

Judith Goldstein
Reflections: 3rd Movement - Rebirth. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1998.

Life is once again renewed.  Children are dancing again.  The star of David is being restored and the Jewish flag is in view.

in search of fulfillment

Judith Goldstein
Reflections: 4th Movement - In Search and Fulfillment. 24" x 30". Collage/Acrylic. 1998.

The land of Israel is born.  The wheels are symbols of travel and searching for relatives, fulfillment and lost times.

Artwork from Witness and Legacy