“In his dexterity Szyk recalls a bygone age of monastic scribes slaving over parchment pages. [His] illustrations are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive. Reproductions hardly do the originals justice.”
— Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
“Arthur Szyk’s drawings are evidence of an exceptional mastery of crafts and of artistic inspiration.”
— Katja Widmann and Johannes Zechner, Curators, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, 2008
“To call Arthur Szyk the greatest illuminator since the sixteenth century is no flattery. It is the simple truth which becomes manifest to any person who studies his work with the care which it deserves.”
— Cecil Roth, Historian, London, 1940s
“[Szyk] makes not only cartoons, but beautiful composed pictures which suggest, in their curiously decorative quality, the inspired illuminations of the early religious manuscripts.”
— Thomas Craven, Art Critic, New York, 1940s
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Irvin Ungar, producer, is an antiquarian bookseller and former pulpit rabbi. In addition to assembling the world’s largest collection of Arthur Szyk art and archives, he has curated major museum shows in Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Berlin.
Irvin is the author of "Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk," publisher of the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah, and creator of the popular edition of the Haggadah for Abrams Books. In addition to lecturing widely about Szyk, he also serves as the Curator of The Arthur Szyk Society in Burlingame, California.
Jim Ruxin, producer and director, is a professional filmmaker whose career spans features, television and documentaries. He has produced, written, directed or edited numerous feature films and television programs, including segments of the Academy Awards, an LA Emmy nominated documentary on Jim Jones and People’s Temple, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for "The Apprentice." He recently completed a life and work documentary on the comedian Jerry Lewis for the Starz/Encore network. It has also screened at Cannes and eight other international film festivals.