Artforum Review: Archie Rand

Artforum’s January/February 2021 issue features a review of Rand’s exhibition at BravinLee Programs in New York.

Archie Rand


By Barry Schwabsky

Although Archie Rand’s long career as a painter has shown many—and sometimes seemingly incompatible—aspects, he has become best known (or perhaps, best underknown) for presenting Jewish themes on a sometimes extravagant scale and in his own highly idiosyncratic way. Among his noteworthy projects is “The 613,” 2008, a series of, yes, 613 paintings (that’s 1,700 feet of wall space to you!), each of which is meant to correspond to one of the mitzvoth, the commandments or rules for behavior scripturally required of all Jews. 

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Archie Rand, Therefore, God exists., 2017, acrylic on canvas, 24 × 18″. From “The Cherry-Blossom Proof” series, 2017.