March 2 – June 2, 2013
New York artist Archie Rand has been exploring Judaic themes for over thirty years. In his masterwork, The 613, he has created what may be among the largest free-standing paintings in the world—comprising 613 individual paintings that depict the commandments from the Torah (Five Books of Moses). The work in this exhibition demonstrates Rand’s stylistic approach to making the written word visual with images inspired by popular culture, such as comic books and pulp fiction.
Rand is widely considered to be the artist whose work is most responsible for bringing the concerns of Jewish life to the forefront of the contemporary art world. In addition to paintings and works on paper, Rand has also created large-scale commissions for religious and educational institutions, including stained glass windows for two Chicago synagogues, Anshe Emet (1981) and Temple Sholom (1982).
Curated by Carol Celentano.
Image: Archie Rand, The 613, 2001–2006