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The 613

Archie Rand

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ISBN 10: 0399173765 / ISBN 13: 9780399173769
Published by Blue Rider Press, 2015
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Title: The 613

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1St Edition.

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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."

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"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

"The 613 presents colorful, attention-grabbing scenes...The colors are warm and bright, with a joyous, expressive quality about them--the book is a feast of images."
--The Jewish Week

"Rand is a virtuoso...I am in awe of his inventiveness, essential good will and his sense of humor. I can't believe that every reader of this review isn't going to rush out and purchase The 613."
--David Carrier, artcritical

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