Archie Rand


Archie Rand

Infobox Artist
name = Archie Rand
Born = 1950


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Archie Rand (born 1950) is an artist and academic from Brooklyn, New York, currently Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College. [http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/spotlite/news/082304.htm "Prominent Brooklyn Artist Archie Rand Joins Brooklyn College as Presidential Professor"] , Brooklyn College.]

Rand's work as a painter and muralist is displayed around the world, including in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Education and career

Born in Brooklyn, Rand received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinegraphics from the Pratt Institute, and previously at the Art Students League of New York under Larry Poons, who hailed him as the heir apparent of the 1960s art world. Wecker, Menachem. [http://www.forward.com/articles/746/ "'Beyond Insane' Biblical Paintings"] , "The Forward", June 9, 2006.] His first exhibition was in 1966 in the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York. He has since had over 80 solo exhibitions, and his work has been included in over 200 group exhibitions. Trimmel, Suzanne. [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/02/05/archieRand.html "New York Galleries Exhibit Painter Archie Rand's Collaborations with Poets"] , "Columbia News", May 1, 2002.]

Before joining Brooklyn College, he was the chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1999, and is a Laureate of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. McBee, Richard. [http://www.richardmcbee.com/paintedshul.html "The Painted Shul: Archie Rand and the B'nai Yosef Murals Part 1"] , "The Jewish Press", April 8, 2002.]

Work

Rand's work has ranged from self-portraits to themes like jazz and poetry, but he is best known for his work on Jewish themes, Rubenstein, Raphael. [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1248/is_11_91/ai_110963136/pg_18 "8 painters: New York"] , "Art in America", November 2003.] and particularly for his painting of murals inside the B'nai Yosef Synagogue in Brooklyn, a three-year project he began in 1974. Now known as The Painted Shul, it is the only completely muraled synagogue in the world.

His Judaism-themed easel paintings include "60 Paintings from the Bible" (1991-92), "Nachmanides' Letter to His Son" (1993), and "Midnight Festival" (1995).

His latest work, completed in 2006 after four years, is a representation of the 613 mitzvot on 613 canvases, each one the size of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", a series of images that will require convert|2000|sqft|m2 of exhibition wall space, according to Rand's own calculations. The first canvas — representing the mitzvah to know God — shows an astronaut seeking to discover the mysteries of the universe, floating upside down with a purple planet over his left shoulder.

Rand has said that he tries to avoid "Yiddishized nostalgia," and seeks to create "unparanoid, unvictimized Jewish art."

ee also

*B'nai Yosef Synagogue
*Secular Jewish culture
*The 613

Notes

References

* [http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/spotlite/news/082304.htm "Prominent Brooklyn Artist Archie Rand Joins Brooklyn College as Presidential Professor"] , Brooklyn College.
*McBee, Richard. [http://www.richardmcbee.com/paintedshul.html "The Painted Shul: Archie Rand and the B'nai Yosef Murals Part 1"] , "The Jewish Press", April 8, 2002. See below for parts 2 and 3.
*Rubenstein, Raphael. [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1248/is_11_91/ai_110963136/pg_18 "8 painters: New York"] , "Art in America", November 2003.
*Trimmel, Suzanne. [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/02/05/archieRand.html "New York Galleries Exhibit Painter Archie Rand's Collaborations with Poets"] , "Columbia News", May 1, 2002.
*Wecker, Menachem. [http://www.forward.com/articles/746/ "'Beyond Insane' Biblical Paintings"] , "The Forward", June 9, 2006.

External links

* [http://www.archierand.com Archie Rand's website]
* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/media/02/archieRand/ "Collaborations with Poets Inspire Intense Freedom to Create for Archie Rand"] , "Columbia News" video; an interview with Archie Rand, filmed February 20, 2002
* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/02/06/presidential_award.html Five Columbia Professors Receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching]
*Wecker, Menachem. [http://www.forward.com/articles/%E2%80%98beyond-insane%E2%80%99-biblical-paintings/ ‘Beyond Insane’ Biblical Paintings] , "The Forward", June 9, 2006.
*McBee, Richard. [http://www.richardmcbee.com/paintedshul2.html "The Painted Shul: Archie Rand and the B'nai Yosef Murals Part 2"] , "The Jewish Press", April 16, 2002.
*____________. [http://www.richardmcbee.com/paintedshul3.html "The Painted Shul: Archie Rand and the B'nai Yosef Murals Part 3"] , "The Jewish Press", April 22, 2002.


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