Foreword by Elie Wiesel, preface by Cynthia Ozick, and essay by Elisheva Carlebach
Mark Podwal is renowned for his innovative ink drawings and paintings of the Jewish experience. Initially known for his drawings for The New York Times Op-Ed page, he is the illustrator of numerous books in collaboration with the likes of luminaries such as Elie Wiesel, Harold Bloom, and Francine Prose.
Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art is a massive collection and 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 as Munich Massacre and Annexing Arab Anger, to the religious, which includes Passover Haggadah illustrations and textile designs from the world’s most historic synagogues.
Luxuriously produced and spanning 45 years of intensive work, this collection of Podwal’s oeuvre contains more than 350 gorgeously reproduced artworks that imaginatively illuminate Jewish legend, history, and tradition. Reimagined is a must-have not only for collectors of Jewish art, but for anyone interested in the process of creating beautiful and original drawings and the personal evolution of a major artist.
Mark Podwal is a celebrated artist whose work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Bodleian Library, the Library of Congress, and many others. While attending New York University School of Medicine, the tumultuous events of the 1960s compelled Podwal to create a series of political drawings that were published as his first book The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. In 1996, the French government named Podwal an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Beyond his works on paper, Podwal’s artistry has been employed in an array of diverse projects including the design of a series of decorative plates for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His artwork has been engraved on a Congressional Gold Medal and embroidered on tapestries that adorn the Old-New Synagogue in Prague.
Elie Wiesel is a Jewish writer, professor, political activist, and Nobel Laureate. He is the author of over fifty titles, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps.
Cynthia Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist.
Elisheva Carlebach is an American scholar of early modern Jewish history and a professor of Jewish history, culture, and society at Columbia University.
374 pages; 9 x 12"; hardcover;
350 color artworks and b/w drawings