Arthur Szyk. Artist for Freedom

Date: August 21, 2000
Contact: Robert Nagler Miller (310) 440-1282 

“Arthur Szyk. Artist for Freedom” at University of Judaism Galleries Showcases Works of Important Polish-Born Painter/Illustrator September 24--December 3

An accomplished painter known for his detailed miniature works, a prolific book illustrator and cartoonist, a creator of gorgeous illuminated manuscripts and a proud Jew who captured the struggles of his people during one of the most tragic times in world history, Polish-born artist Arthur Szyk created a formidable body of work that art critics and historians have praised for its richness of detail, often pointed commentary on contemporary events and overriding humanity.

Now, after a hiatus of almost a decade, Szyk’s work will again be shown in Los Angeles. “Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom,” a large-scale survey of the artist’s oeuvre, will be at the University of Judaism’s Platt and Borstein galleries September 24 through December 3, 2000. An opening reception will be held at the galleries Sunday, September 24, 3 to 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free.

Born in Lodz, Poland, in 1894, Szyk studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris before returning to his native land to complete his education in Krakow. Influenced by decorative miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts, Szyk established a reputation for his intricately patterned manuscripts of brilliant hues, These works, as well as the finely detailed cartoons, caricatures, paintings and illustrations that followed, frequently touched upon religious and political themes. As the specter of Fascism loomed larger, Szyk became increasingly blunt in his critique of the Nazis and more direct in his appeal to the world to save the Jews. In the 1930s and 40s, some of his most overtly political cartoons appeared in Time, Collier’s, the Forward, the New York Post and many other publications.

The UJ will feature some of Szyk’s most well-known pieces, including an illuminated manuscript detailing Jewish contributions to Polish society, his Jewish holiday series and his Haggadah. The show is presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and the Consulate General of Israel. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The university is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive. For a docent-led tour: (310) 476-9777, ext. 203. For other information: (310) 440-1282.


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