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Press Coverage

The worldwide press is actively covering every aspect of Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, and more.

“Campus receives $10.1M gift to acquire art of renowned Polish Jewish artist”

by Christine Lee

The Daily Californian

April 5, 2017

The article explores how Tad Taube's generous gift to UC Berkeley and The Magnes makes Arthur Szyk's work even more accessible to students and researchers for generations to come.

The Daily Californian

“Berkeley receives local’s prestigious art collection: Political artist’s work acquired through Peninsula residents’ dedication, generosity”

by Austin Walsh

The Daily Journal

April 11, 2017

Irvin Ungar is interviewed about his 20-year journey of assembling The Arthur Szyk Collection, and the collection's transition to its new home at UC Berkeley.

The Daily Journal

“The Almost-Forgotten Jewish Artist Who Propagandized Against Hitler”

by Steven Heller

The Atlantic

May 29, 2014

Irvin Ungar is interviewed in this essay which discusses the social and political embeddedness of Szyk's art.

The Atlantic

“‘Holocaust’ Haggadah’s Cynical Illustrations Still Bite”

by Renee Ghert-Zand

The Times of Israel

April 15, 2014

Irvin Ungar and Paul and Sheri Robbins are interviewed in this piece highlighting the creation of Szyk’s Haggadah and the Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhibition of all 48 of its original paintings.

The Times of Israel

“7 Coolest Haggadahs for Your Passover Seder”

by Michael Kaplan

The Jewish Daily Forward

April 9, 2014

Featuring the world’s most valuable, old, and revolutionary Haggadahs, Szyk’s Haggadah holds the space of being the world’s most beautiful.

The Jewish Daily Forward

“The Most Beautiful Haggadah in the Room”

by Joel Schechter

The Jewish Daily Forward

April 5, 2014

Focusing on the creation of Szyk’s Haggadah and its original art’s being exhibited at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, this publication contains three links to other worthy articles about Arthur Szyk.

The Jewish Daily Forward

“Arthur Szyk and the Art of The Haggadah”

by Nancy Ewart

Examiner.com

January 6, 2014

An article about Arthur Szyk’s life, and the Contemporary Jewish Museums’s exhibition of his Haggadah’s original paintings for the first time in over 60 years.

Examiner.com

“Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah and Singapore’s Sunken Arab Treasure”

by Eve M. Kahn

The New York Times

March 10, 2011

Article on the new Abrams' edition of The Szyk Haggadah. “Mr. Ungar has orchestrated a new, annotated edition of the Szyk Haggadah, on paper rather than vellum, and meant for use around Passover dinner tables.”

The New York Times

“The Szyk Haggadah”

by Barry Walfish

The Halcyon: The Newsletter of the Friends of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

June 2012

Article on the new deluxe edition of The Szyk Haggadah upon its acquisition by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto: “All in all, the Haggadah is a feast for the eye, a marvel to behold.” (Scroll to page six to read article.)

The Halcyon

Collectible Cards: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk

by Zelda Shluker

Hadassah Magazine

February 2012

Purim article on the newest Historicana publication. “[The cards] extol great leaders in Jewish history…All are handsome, somber and bejeweled, wearing crowns or headdresses.”

Hadassah Magazine

Arthur Szyk (pronounced schick)

by Steven Heller

Imprint, the online community of Print Magazine

February 11, 2012

In this edition of The Daily Heller, Heller introduces Historicana's latest publication, the Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set. “...Since [the Haggadah’s] publication [Irvin Ungar] has consistently produced ever more rare and remarkable material.”

Print Magazine

“Haggadot: Yesterday's Telling for Today”

by Zelda Shluker

Hadassah Magazine

April 2011

Roundup of newly published Haggadot, including the Abrams' edition of The Szyk Haggadah. “People who drooled over the luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah produced by Historicana in 2008 take heart.”

Hadassah Magazine

“Arthur Szyk’s diverse world”

by Janos Gereben

The San Francisco Examiner

January 5, 2011

Great review of the new Arthur Szyk exhibition at the Legion of Honor: “[It] is more than an art display. It is like a stroll down historical lanes.”

The San Francisco Examiner

“The Pen That Satirized the Sword”

by Joel Schechter

The Arty Semite, blog of The Jewish Daily Forward

January 4, 2011

Review of the Szyk exhibition at the Legion of Honor: “Many of Szyk’s miniatures include fascinating details that delight on close examination, which explains why the museum loans magnifying glasses to gallery guests.”

The Arty Semite

“Arthur Szyk: beauty in fairy tale... and Stalin”

by Caitlin Donohue

The San Francisco Bay Guardian

December 20, 2010

Review of the Szyk exhibition at the Legion of Honor: “The man's drawings are pure, extravagant beauts....You should be witness to all this.”

The San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Brush with greatness: Mastery of artist Arthur Szyk on display at S.F. museum”

by Dan Pine

j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

December 16, 2010

Cover story on the Szyk exhibition at the Legion of Honor: “While Szyk considered himself a partisan for all humanity, his special affinity for the Jewish people never wavered. That passion makes its way into the new exhibition, with works portraying the Holocaust, Israel and biblical scenes.”

j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

“Illuminating Arthur Szyk: An Interview with Irvin Ungar”

by Steven Heller

Voice: AIGA Journal of Design

November 24, 2010

Extended interview with Irvin Ungar about his work to restore artist Arthur Szyk to international fame.

Voice: AIGA Journal of Design

Arthur Szyk: A New Exhibit of the Great Illuminator

by Richard Z. Chesnoff

The Huffington Post

April 12, 2010

Preview of Broome Street Gallery exhibition in New York. "The great illuminator is more than worthy of a major retrospective of his works in New York at MOMA and/or The Jewish Museum. The time has come!"

The Huffington Post

“To Serve My People, Part I”

by Richard McBee

The Jewish Press

March 12, 2010

First installment of a two-part review of the art, history, and politics of The Szyk Haggadah, by painter and writer McBee.

The Jewish Press

To Serve My People, Part II

by Richard McBee

The Jewish Press

March 17, 2010

Second installment of a two-part review of The Szyk Haggadah.

The Jewish Press

A Controversial Twist on the ‘Four Sons’

by Rafael Medoff

The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)

March 18, 2010

In this feature article, the director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies offers his thoughts on a 1945 Passover advertisement with a modern take on the “Four Sons” of the Haggadah.

The Jewish Exponent

Arthur Szyk and His Books of Esther

by Irvin Ungar

Hadassah Magazine

February/March 2010

For the Purim issue of Hadassah Magazine, Irvin compares and contrasts two striking images from Arthur Szyk's two interpretations of the story of Esther.

Hadassah Magazine

“An Artist for All Seasons”

by Mordechai Beck

The Jerusalem Report

January 18, 2010

Beck reviews Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah. “Szyk's illustrations still [have] significance for the contemporary world; perhaps even more so than when [The Haggadah] was first published.”

The Jerusalem Report

New Life for Arthur Szyk

by A.J. Goldmann

The Jewish Daily Forward

April 20, 2009

Goldmann reviews the Szyk exhibitions at the Deutsches Historisches Museum and The Broome Street Gallery: “[Szyk] fought the National Socialist regime and the Axis powers with all the venom his pen and brush could muster.”

The Jewish Daily Forward

“A Newly Available Companion to The Szyk Haggadah”

by Jennifer Breger

Washington Jewish Week

April 2, 2009

Breger reviews Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah: “Szyk’s life and career were dedicated to the ideals of freedom and justice and his passion comes through in his art.”

Washington Jewish Week

“Soldier with a Paintbrush”

by Toby Axelrod

Hadassah Magazine

October 2008

Axelrod reviews the Deutsches Historisches Museum exhibition: “[The] dramatic events and themes of the first half of the 20th century unfold through Szyk’s eyes.”

Hadassah Magazine

Berlin Art

by J.S. Marcus

The Wall Street Journal

December 12, 2008

Marcus reviews the Deutsches Historisches Museum exhibition: “[Szyk’s] vision…recalled the late-Gothic woodcuts of Cranach and the vivid colors of medieval illuminated manuscripts.”

The Wall Street Journal

A Caricaturist, but No Funny Stuff Here

by Michael Kimmelman

The New York Times

September 8, 2008

Kimmelman reviews the Deutsches Historisches Museum exhibition: “Illustrations like ‘Fortress Europe,’ ‘Wagner,’ and ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive.”

The New York Times

The Passover Story, Illuminated

by Gabrielle Birkner

The New York Sun

April 18, 2008

Birkner reviews the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah: “The multifaceted and intricately detailed images allude to David and Goliath, and depict Moses with a bodybuilder’s physique.”

The New York Sun

“Szyk Haggadah Goes High-Tech”

by Sandee Brawarsky

The New York Jewish Week

April 16, 2008

Brawarsky reviews the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah: “Historicana is publishing a new limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah, the first to be printed in the United States, and the first digitally produced volume.”

The New York Jewish Week

Drawing on Experience

by Tom Tugend

The Jerusalem Post

April 11, 2008

Tugend reviews the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah: “Szyk was a Jew, a Pole, an American, and always an artist, whose brilliant paintings and cartoons could give new life to ancient traditions or eviscerate a Hitler or Mussolini.”

The Jerusalem Post

Szyk Transit

by Steven Heller

Print Magazine

February 2008

Heller describes the production of the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah: “Almost everything [Szyk] did—even his illustrations for fairy tales—were imbued with appeals for universal social justice.”

Print Magazine

The Szyk Haggadah

by Rollin Milroy

Amphora Journal

October 2007

Milroy describes the production of the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah: “A new deluxe edition of the illuminated Haggadah created by Arthur Szyk…will be the most faithful reproduction of the original artwork ever achieved.”

Amphora Journal