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November 2008

Henry Newman (1923-1996) achieved modest commercial success during his lifetime, but is comparatively obscure. Although progressively deaf, the father of two deaf sons, he paradoxically never learned to sign. And although he claimed not to be "overly religious," his works are richly layered with Jewish symbolism. His collages and assemblages make effective and surprising use of found objects and bits of junk. He explored several media, including blockprints and drawing, and did brilliant work in all of them. Intense, expressionist, playful, whimsical, his art continues to surprise.

Cover: Henry Newman holding his collage Israel Interlude, around 1984. Photo courtesy of Larry Newman


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