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Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art

  • Peninsula Temple Beth El 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA, 94403 United States (map)

In conjunction with Rabbi Irvin Ungar's recently released book, Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, and a major exhibition in New York City, Irvin will discuss the Polish Jewish World War II artist Arthur Szyk. Szyk's messages of fighting racism, intolerance, and bigotry during World War II are as relevant today as they were then. 

This is an indispensable publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk. A master of miniature painting and calligraphy, Szyk (1894-1951) brought his unmistakable style to subjects as diverse as biblical stories, literary classics, and political cartoons. This powerful, striking book is one for all art enthusiasts and collectors, students of World War II and Holocaust history, and the art world in general, as well as a vital tool for educators.

Arthur Szyk (1894 - 1951) worked in Poland, France, England, Canada, and the United States, and was renowned during the first half of the twentieth century for his prolific illustrations in books, newspapers, and magazines. His work provides a visual and often acerbic comment on contemporary issues, including World War II, the Holocaust, and the creation of the State of Israel. Szyk's canon includes his famous illuminated Passover Haggadah, which has been widely distributed in both the U.S. and Israel.

This publication, with its original essays by Michael Berenbaum, Tom L. Freudenheim, James Kettlewell, and Irvin Ungar, celebrates the diverse aspects of Szyk's career and examines and decodes his highly detailed artwork. We see Szyk emerge as a great artist, with great messages, acting as the great man. The volume includes over 200 full-color plates of key works by Szyk arranged by theme, a timeline of Szyk's life, an extensive list of major exhibitions at museums and galleries, a complete bibliography of his illustrated books, and photographs of the artist.

Rabbi Irvin Ungar

Rabbi Irvin Ungar

Irvin Ungar, a former pulpit rabbi and antiquarian bookseller, has devoted the past quarter-century to scholarship on Arthur Szyk. He has curated and consulted for numerous Szyk exhibitions, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Berlin), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Library of Congress, and the New-York Historical Society. Ungar is the author of Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, co-producer of the documentary film, "Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk," and the creator and publisher of the luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah. He has also served as the curator of The Arthur Szyk Society in Burlingame, California.

Earlier Event: February 21
Two People, Two Books, One Community
Later Event: February 24
Tot Shabbat