New for January 2023

January 1, 2023

New for January 2023

My first art offerings for 2023 illustrate a grim postlude to the Christmas story in the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, coming after the Visit of the Magi, when an angel warns Joseph in a dream to flee with the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child to Egypt and escape the Slaughter of the Innocents planned by King Herod. This month's selections from four international artists just added to the Flight into Egypt page in the Coming of Christ gallery of the Life of Christ section offer traditional glimpses of the Holy Family making their escape in an unusual variety of mediums and materials. A glazed ceramic tile from the Karakashian pottery workshop in Jerusalem depicts Joseph, Mary, and Jesus on their journey in the style of Armenian artisans from Kutahya, now in Turkey, once a leading ceramics center of the old Ottoman Empire.  American Artist Jane Rulong has snipped a reverse silhouette of Joseph guiding Mary and Jesus on a donkey out of white paper mounted on a blue background and Haitian Metal-worker Exulien Exuma has cut and hammered out an image of the holy travellers from a recyled oil drum. Rounding out the quartet is the copper plate of a drypoint etching of the scene (left) from British Printmaker Kenneth Holmes. As we begin the new year, think on the millions of refugees fleeing their homes across the globe, especially families in flight from the humanitarian catastrophe in wartorn Ukraine. (John Kohan)