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Arthur Szyk, “Can’t You See I am Busy…”, detail, Ottawa, 1940, color ink drawing, The Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Swords: The Illustrations of Arthur Szyk
Oct. 21, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2011
Opening Reception
2-4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 24, 2010

The work of illustrator Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) will occupy the Low Illustration Gallery from Oct. 21, 2010 – Jan. 30, 2011. Already a successful and well-known illustrator when he fled Europe in 1940, Arthur Szyk made his new home in the United States. He almost immediately started lambasting Hitler and other fascists with his political caricatures and illustrations. Working in the style of 16th-century miniaturists, Szyk’s work was featured in Esquire, Time and Collier’s during World War II. He once famously declared, “Art is not my aim, it is my means.”

He has been critically acclaimed and widely praised for his use of illustration to promote human dignity, justice and tolerance. His sharp eye for political injustice has made him a champion for human rights groups across generations.

The NBMAA is proud to display these unique and important historical works. Thanks to Dr. Avinoam Patt, the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford who curated the exhibition and to Gregg and Michelle Philipson who lent their collection.


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