The 613 - eBook
The 613 - eBook  -     By: Archie Rand
Buy Item $28.99
In Stock
Stock No: WW75075EB
Blue Rider Press / 2015 / ePub
Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now
Add To Wishlist
Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now
Wishlist

The 613 - eBook

Blue Rider Press / 2015 / ePub

In Stock
Stock No: WW75075EB


Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.

* This product is available for purchase only in the USA.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780698189256
ISBN-13: 9780698189256

Publisher's Description

Artist Archie Rand creates a glorious reimagining of the 613 Jewish commandments using comic strips and pulp fiction jackets to capture each mitzvah. A gift for the eyes, this unique collage of images, ranging from Lox to superheroes, is not your Bubbe’s graphic novel.

"If Leviticus seems an unlikely text for a comic strip, look again. Or rather look at Archie Rand's magnificent series of commandments, The 613. The beauty, terror, and fun are all there in one magic, mesmerizing wall of colored shapes and visual oratory. It's a splendid series."
John Ashbery
 
"[R]ichly colored, always stirring works of visual art…[The 613] is something like seeing a cinema-sized version of ancient wisdom transmuted through a comic (and then blown up again)."
—Flavorwire
 
"A new book by a trailblazing artist...The 613 pairs mitzvahs with appropriated images from Mad Magazine, pulp and 20th-century illustration. Sometimes the connections are obvious, sometimes intriguingly oblique. It is outrageous and inviting, in-your-face and mysterious, making Rand’s case 613 times over."
—David Van Biema, Religion News Service

Archie Rand's career as an artist spans five decades and myriad themes and genres. Among his pioneering explorations, The 613 is surely one of his most ambitious feats yet. Without any idea where the work would be exhibited, Rand began transforming each and every one of the 613 mitzvahs, or commandments, into its own breathtaking painting, a series that took five years to complete.
        Each of the gorgeous and perplexing panels features a vibrant, unexpected image that brings forth the heart of its law and commands our eyes to linger. Rand is startling and original in his rich color choices, bold characters, and extraordinarily expressive approach. The New York Times describes the paintings as "rendered in the style of comics and pulp fiction book jackets, a dash of Mad magazine, a spoonful of Tales of the Crypt, some grotesques, some superheroes, always action, emotion, drama." Whether grotesque or dramatic, each painting provokes a sense of wonder and self-reflection, making The 613 a book to be visited time and time again. Perfect for readers of art, religion, or popular visual culture, The 613 may be the most audacious and distinctive gift book of its kind.

Author Bio

Archie Rand, born 1949, is an artist from Brooklyn, New York. Rand's work as a painter and muralist is displayed around the world, including in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. There have been over 100 solo exhibitions of his work. He has published collaborative work with poets Robert Creeley, John Ashbery, Clark Coolidge, David Plante John Yau, David Lehman and Jim Cummins. He was awarded, among numerous honors, the Achievement Medal For Contributions to the Visual Arts by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and he received the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University he is currently the Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His home and studio are located in Brooklyn.

Editorial Reviews

"Archie Rand's The 613 is all the religion one can use in a lifetime--It sends eye and mind careening as it oscillates dizzyingly between sacred and secular, postmodern and pre-modern, high and low, word and picture, trash and treasure, sublime and silly, conceptual and retinal, altar and push-cart, lox and bagels. In the beginning was the word, and the word was 'Wow!' " —Art Spiegelman

"Part circus ringmaster and part vaudevillian, Archie Rand takes us on a rat-a-tat arts-ride that mixes biblical, comic book and movie history in which danger leads to violence on its way to melodrama that plunges into tragedy; a pouring out of panels that provoke, compel, resonate, and go on resonating." —Jules Feiffer

"If Leviticus seems an unlikely text for a comic strip, look again. Or rather look at Archie Rand's magnificent series of commandments, The 613. The beauty, terror, and fun are all there in one magic, mesmerizing wall of colored shapes and visual oratory. It's a splendid series." —John Ashbery

"Archie Rand's work reveals the truth on the most basic level, through the struggle to create. With The 613, he is like a biblical sage for the postmodern world, embracing the viewer and all of history."—Ang Lee

"Panel by panel, visionary window by visionary window, invention after invention, shock upon shock, Archie Rand's The 613 seizes willful human life in all its transgressions and transports, its obstinate whim and its self-regard, and fashions out of mortal intransigence and desire a dazzling narrative tapestry. Rand's serious wit of riotously colorful contemporary comic-book art applied to Commandments, as it morphs into a seamless mural, rings out with the ironic and iconic underground teasing of 'thou shalt not' simultaneously luring us to a half-Socratic, half-Biblical KNOW THYSELF." —Cynthia Ozick

"A monumental art project is transformed into wildly ambitious graphic literature….a series of paintings that some might find transgressive, transcendent, or both….a visual universe in which time is out of joint, where edicts from the distant past receive interpretation from a more recent past or an imagined future. As a book, The 613 stands on its own rather than merely evoking a larger wall display, reaching a much wider audience in the process."
Kirkus (Starred)

 
"A new book by a trailblazing artist...The 613 pairs mitzvahs with appropriated images from Mad Magazine, pulp and 20th-century illustration. Sometimes the connections are obvious, sometimes intriguingly oblique. It is outrageous and inviting, in-your-face and mysterious, making Rand’s case 613 times over."
—David Van Biema, Religion News Service

"[R]ichly colored, always stirring works of visual art…[The 613] is something like seeing a cinema-sized version of ancient wisdom transmuted through a comic (and then blown up again)."
—Flavorwire

"By turns, funny, sad, thoughtful, silly and bizarre, some respectful, some profane…Rand’s work here is a brilliant mash-up of comic books, True Detective magazine covers and obsessive-compulsive disorder…like Marc Chagall on a bender."
—Shalom Auslander, The New York Times Book Review



From the Hardcover edition.

Ask a Question

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Back
×
Back
×

Ask a Question

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.