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Archie Rand: The 613 Archie Rand, The 613, part of The 613, 2001–06, serial painting composed of 613 panels, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 in. each. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Mary Faith O’Neill. Archie Rand: The 613. On view July 20–October 22, 2017 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.
Starting in 2000, Archie Rand (b. 1949), a painter and muralist from Brooklyn, New York, spent five years creating The 613, a monumental installation of 613 small canvas (20 x 16 in) paintings arranged in a huge grid comprising 1700 square feet. They reflect on the 613 laws governing traditional Jewish behavior and were described by Peter Steinfels of The New York Times 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.” This will be the first museum showing in the world of the full work, and, by invitation of CJM Executive Director Lori Starr, Rand has created a new painting on what some consider to be number 614: never forget. Rand’s work is displayed around the world, including in the collections of SFMOMA, 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. His graphic works and books are in over 400 public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and many more. A project of The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco and Joan Brookbank Projects.