Soldier In Art: Arthur Szyk (USA, 10)
Directed by: Jim Ruxin
Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) was a Polish-Jewish art prodigy who became a global crusader against tyranny and injustice. This film is a musical tribute and visual commentary on many of the major themes in Szyk’s life and work: American democracy, the horror of Nazism and the Holocaust, and the rebirth of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
Many consider Arthur Szyk (pronounced Shick) the greatest miniaturist illuminator since the 16th century; others view him also as the leading anti-Nazi artist in America during WWII.
Though almost forgotten following his death in New Canaan, CT in 1951, there is renaissance of interest in his artwork. Major exhibitions have taken place at The Library of Congress (2000), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2002), the German Historical Museum Berlin (2008), and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (2011).
For more information on Arthur Szyk visit www.szyk.org
Produced by Irvin Ungar and Jim Ruxin and Richard Friedman.