As you may know, Irvin Ungar of Historicana is one of the leading authorities on Arthur Szyk, the 20th century Polish-born Jewish artist and illustrator. Szyk rose to international fame during World War II with his political cartoons and caricatures, but also was an accomplished illustrator.
Irvin has recently been a part of several exciting Szyk projects, which are detailed below.
- The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has just opened an all-new exhibition of nearly 60 original Szyk works at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The exhibition is entitled “Arthur Szyk: Miniature Painting and Modern Illuminations”, and will run until March 27, 2011. Irvin is both a consultant and lender to the exhibition. You can read more about the exhibition on the here, or on Irvin’s website.
- Historicana has partnered with the fine arts publisher Abrams to produce a trade edition of the newest edition of The Szyk Haggadah. This beautifully illustrated and easy to use Haggadah is based on the new limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah (Burlingame, CA: Historicana, 2008), which includes an all-new translation and commentary by renowned Jewish theologian Byron L. Sherwin. It will be available in paperback or hardcover, and is coming to bookstores everywhere this March.
- Voice: AIGA Journal of Design recently published Steven Heller’s interview with Irvin about Arthur Szyk and in his involvement in the Szyk renaissance. Read the interview in its entirety here.
Congratulations on these interesting projects and accomplishments, Irvin!