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Shekhina
Photographs by Leonard Nimoy
Essay by Donald Kuspit


Shekhina presents the first-ever monograph of Leonard Nimoy, photographer. This exhaustive and eerily beautiful photographic study of the female form reveals Nimoy`s intrigue with scriptural mythology and ancient spirituality.

According to the Kabbalah, evil came into the world once God became separate from the “Shekhina,” the deity’s feminine counterpart. The Shekhina came to be understood as a crucial element of both divine and human spirit, symbolizing the creativity and wisdom without which no being is complete. Renowned actor Leonard Nimoy has turned to photography as a means of inquiry into the mysteries of the Shekhina. In his introductory text, Nimoy explains the influence Shekhina has had on the work: "I have imagined her as ubiquitous, watchful and often in motion ....This work is my quest for insight, the exploration of my own spirituality, and, as such, has been a deeply moving and expanding process."

Limited edition of a silver-gelatin print, signed and numbered by the photographer (75 copies), is available upon request.
ISBN 1-884167-21-X

BIOGRAPHIES

LEONARD NIMOY was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931. After his feature film debut in 1951, he pursued his acting career on the big screen as well as on stage and television. However, it was Nimoy’s portrayal of the character Spock in the science fiction series "Star Trek" that earned him iconic status as well as three Emmy nominations. Aside from his numerous credits as an actor and director, Nimoy is also a successful recording artist and author, having published two autobiographies as well as several volumes of poetry, two of which also feature his photographs. He has long been interested in photography and studied at UCLA with Robert Heineken in the early 1970s. He recently finished an appointment as artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. Nimoy is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York and Louis Stern Fine Art in Los Angeles.

DONALD KUSPIT is an art critic and a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. An author of numerous articles, exhibition reviews, and catalog essays, Kuspit has written more than twenty books, including Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries (Allworth), and Idiosyncratic Identities: Artists at the End of the Avant-Garde (Cambridge University Press).

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