“Jews and comic books” is a topic that has received extensive treatment in the last 15 years. But what of the Jewish visual artists whose paintings are inspired by comic books? What of Roy Lichtenstein? Jewish studies scholars can look forward to the day when a dissertation is written about Lichtenstein as a Jewish artist, or an exhibition is curated on the same theme.
Looking at Avigdor Arikha’s impressive body of work, it’s important to ask why realism fails to frame his art. He objected to using biography to clarify his work.