Arthur Szyk in the Digital World | A UC Berkeley Research Project at The Magnes

Arthur Szyk in the Digital World | A UC Berkeley Research Project at The Magnes

Since its acquisition by The Magnes in 2017, the circa 450 works of art that are part of the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection have been the object of intense digital scrutiny by a team of scholars, curators, and students. Digitally investigating Szyk’s work leads to a closer understanding of the artist’s gaze, and of his methodologies. Decorative elements, frames, and a host of “characters” that populate Szyk’s painted images have been isolated, described, and digitally cropped. Some of these works have been digitally animated for this exhibition.

This video, created by Tamara Berkover (UCB Economics, 2020) using Adobe software (Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere), showcases our process and methodologies in revisiting Szyk’s art in the 21st century. It focuses on two artworks. Madness, created in 1941 for the cover of Collier’s magazine, centers on a series of haunting caricatures of Nazi leaders and their collaborators. The illustration of Szyk’s own poem, Love for Man and Nature has been My Guide (1940), celebrated Canadian involvement in the Second World War, including a host of characters representing Canada’s heritage and military might. Among these characters, Szyk added a portrait of himself as a militant artist-worker.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (2020).

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