Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art

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"[Podwal] examines Jewish history and does so showing the buildings and artifacts of times past but managing to capture what it is that many of us carry within them. He is, naturally showing and telling us, but like all great artists, Podwal makes us feel."

"Lyrical, joyous, yet often simultaneously sad, the compilation of drawings and paintings by Mark Podwal in his new book –Reimagined, 45 Years of Jewish Art (Glitterati)– speaks volumes of how the artist views the plights and predicaments of Jews through time and place."

"Podwal employs incisive and often intricate line work to create stark images that reveal vivid emotions and tell complicated stories. Although the drawings’ topics are serious ones, his work shows enormous wit and frequently has charming whimsical touches… Like Wiesel’s words, Podwal’s art transcends mere images on paper to serve as a witness to the Jewish historical experience."

"Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art is a massive collection and the first monograph of this famed and prolific artist; one who has connected with art lovers from New York, Prague, Israel and everywhere in between. In this extended collection, the reader encounters the diverse array of works that represent and span Podwal’s illustrious career; from the whimsical, such as Matzoh Moon and Talmud Typewriter, to the political, such asMunich Massacre and Annexing Arab Anger, to the religious, which includes Passover Haggadah illustrations and textile designs from the world’s most historic synagogues."

"Mark Podwal is one of those startling souls—they are very few—who can imagine, through the power of a unifying eye, connections so new that they shake the brain into fresh juxtapositions of understanding."
 
 
"Mark Podwal is known for his drawings on the New York Times op-ed page, as well as his illustrations for books inspired by Jewish legend, history, and tradition. In Angels Speak Hebrew, Hebrew letterforms and images have merged and are being carried off by angels. Podwal believes this art can help us “visualize and encourage prayer."
 
"Mark Podwal is a Jewish artist. That is to say his art is his homeland and Judaism is the language of his country. Like body and soul they are intertwined."
"Podwal's artistic vision layers witty juxtapositions of Jewish ritual objects and symbols upon deep historical and theological research. So careful is the artist's attention to detail"
 
“lavishly illustrated... evoke[s] the joys and sorrows of Jewish life over time.”
 
Mark Podwal’s work "encompasses dream-like visions of Prague, black-and-white linear journeys into holidays, and both pastel and richly hued mystical icons. One can dip into Podwal's sea of work again and again."