Michael Hafftka, has a way with paint, and he can pace his sometimes very large paintings in such a way that we want to see what will happen next.
—John Russell, The New York Times
New York has scarcely seen figure paintings of such unrelenting solemnity and exasperation, or with so orig- inal an authority, since Francis Bacon brought his first exhibition to the city. Like him, Hafftka can be charac- terized as both an eccentric visionary and an increasingly dazzling technician whose virtuoso painterly expressivity and skills invite comparison with the masters.
—Sam Hunter, Princeton University, author of The Museum of Modern Art New York, Abrams Books
Hafftka’s explorations are so profound and his presenta- tion of them is so strong that they take on the character of myth. … Perhaps it is enough to say that his work is powerful, original, and superbly painted.
—John Caldwell, Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Hafftka is a marvelously resourceful Neo-Expressionist in command of technique, subject matter and, most important, vision. He’s also one of the best young paint- ers to have come along in a decade, without posturing or pretense or super evident jockeying for art-world posi- tion. Hafftka is too hideously virtuous for the latter; and, if virtue is its own reward, it is also, in this case, proof of an astonishing integrity of style.
—Gerrit Henry, Art In America
Rodger Kamenetz’s very exciting and original poems
are a secret and almost intimate meeting place of English and Hebrew.
Rodger Kamenetz’s poems whirl and shake on the page. He is the poet of the living history of unspeakable names.
The Jew in the Lotus is a book for anyone who feels the narrowness of a wholly secular life or who wonders about the fate of esoteric spiritual traditions in a world that seems bent on destroying them.
—The New York Times
What’s so exciting about The History of Last Night’s Dream is that it talks about how there’s a whole other life that we are living when we sleep and that our dreams are there as offerings and gifts to us if we only recognize what the dreams are there to teach us.
Terra Infirma is a haunting memoir, deeply felt, poignant, tragic—funny—powerful, and memorable for the poetic precision of its language.