Samuel Bak was 6 years old when the Nazis began ending his childhood, as the war that they engendered would soon extend to his native Vilnius, leaving his father dead. By then he had already chosen his career as an artist. After the Holocaust, he and his mother immigrated to Palestine, and as his life as a painter developed, he migrated from Israel to Paris and ultimately to Western Massachusetts. There, where he continues to reside, his prolific and exceedingly skillful work--paint that appears as stone or wood masquerading as human flesh; figures and landscapes as surreal as they are straightforward--offers a deeply configured narrative of the Jewish experience, as literal, metaphorical, and mystical. This talk will consider his imagery, at once insightful and inciteful, as it transcends the border between past and future, subsuming time and space into an eternal present.
Lecture by Ori Z Soltes, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Introduced by Rachel Stern, Fritz Ascher Society
This event is part of our monthly series "Flight or Fight. stories of artists under repression," organized by The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York.
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