Warhol and Chagall

Exhibits by Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall will be on display beginning this month at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: October 2011

Drawing by Marc Chagall.

Drawing by Marc Chagall.

Coming this fall to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art are two fantastic exhibits you will not want to miss.

Beginning October 23 and ending December 19 in the Mezzanine Gallery will be “Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century.” The exhibit depicts renowned luminaries of Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir and Gertrude Stein. Warhol referred to this pantheon of great thinkers, politicians, performers and writers as his “Jewish geniuses.”

Warhol’s iconic portraits attest to the lasting achievements and fame of these singular figures. Originally published as a portfolio of silkscreen prints on paper, Warhol was so pleased with the commercial success of his Ten Portraits that he decided to create additional versions of the series as silkscreen paintings on canvas.

Andy Warhol was one of the most important artists in the Pop Art movement in America and became as famous as many of the celebrities he portrayed in his popular silkscreen prints.

“Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century – The Marx Brothers” by Andy Warhol.

“Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century – The Marx Brothers” by Andy Warhol.

Also beginning October 23 and ending in January of 2012, “Marc Chagall: Drawings for the Bible” will be on display in the Brodsky Fine Arts Gallery and Second Floor Gallery.

These drawings were commissioned in 1930 by Ambroise Vollard, a Parisian art dealer and publisher of deluxe art books.

Chagall traveled to Palestine to experience for himself the people, the landscape and the sacred historic places. By 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he had finished 66 images. Although Chagall was familiar with the works of the old masters, especially Rembrandt’s
portrayals of Biblical themes, his depictions are independent of all previous iconography and the traditional conventions. Rather, Chagall based his etchings on his personal memories and his impressions from his trip to what was then Palestine. A broad selection of lithographs from this series are included in the exhibit.

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, located at 2021 E. 71st St. in Tulsa, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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