Then there's the Most Obscure Yet Weirdly Fascinating Art Book: Daniel Rothbart's Jewish Metaphysics as Generative Principle in American Art, published by Ulisse & Calipso of Naples, Italy. Mr. Rothbart links postwar American abstraction to the Jewish iconoclastic tradition - Clement Greenberg and the Second Commandment - and reveals the influence of cabalistic mysticism on artists as diverse as Barnett Newman, Morris Louis, Sol LeWitt and Jonathon Borofsky. Among his insights are the similarity between Rothko's forms and motifs in illuminated medieval manuscripts by Oriental Jews. A former Fulbright scholar with close ties to Italy's Flash Art magazine and other critics in that country, Mr. Rothbart is also an artist himself, with a show of bronze sculptures opening October 4 at private dealer Lee Arthur's studio.
Napack, Jonathan, "New Museum Sick Talk, Gallery Hopscotch," The New York Observer, New York, September 19, 1994.