Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk January March 2009


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An exciting art exhibition opening this winter!

Carnegie Mellon University will host the traveling exhibit "Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk" at its Posner Center from January 7, 2009, through March 28, 2009.

This is the only regional stop for the exhibit organized by The Arthur Szyk Society. It is free and open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other times are available by appointment.

Szyk was a Polish born American artist famous for the anti-Axis World War II illustrations, caricatures and cartoons that appeared in Time, Esquire and Collier's magazines, among many others. But Szyk's subjects were as diverse as his uniquely combined styles of renaissance illumination and political caricature. The New York Times called his illustrated Haggadah of Pesach "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful books that the hand of man has ever produced." He also created advertising art for companies such as U.S. Steel and Coca Cola.

"Justice Illuminated," which can be viewed online at www.szyk.org/syzkonline/, includes many of the pieces that made Szyk famous, including a copy of an illuminated manuscript of the Declaration of Independence and items from a series about George Washington and the American Revolution. Scenes of Jewish life and Jewish religion, painted in illumination, as well as many wartime magazine and newspaper illustrations are part of the exhibit.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Carnegie Mellon will display books illustrated by Szyk from its Posner Collection, including the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" and the Haggadah.

"University Libraries are extremely pleased to be able to bring this historic, aesthetic and instructive exhibit to Pittsburgh and the region. We hope that people of all ages will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to see Szyk's work and to remember both his use of art to glorify religious and poetic works and to fight against the forces of oppression," said Gloriana St. Clair, dean of University Libraries.

Sponsors of the exhibit include the Posner Fine Arts Foundation and the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. For more information, please contact Teresa Thomas at ts2h@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-2900.


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