“The 613,” Book by Archie Rand

“The 613 may be the most audacious and distinctive book of its kind” -Blue Rider Press, Penguin Random House Publishers

“Wow!”            “Splendid!”     “Truth!” “Rat-a-tat!”   “Dazzling!”

– Art Spiegelman   -John Ashbery   -Ang Lee -Jules Feiffer   –Cynthia Ozick

Rand_The613Archie Rand’s career as an artist spans five decades and myriad themes and genres. Among his pioneering explorations, The 613 is surely one of his most ambitious feats yet. Without any idea where the work would be exhibited, Rand began transforming each and every one of the 613 mitzvahs, or commandments, into its own breathtaking painting, a series that took five years to complete. The New York Times describes the paintings 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.”


“The 613” East Coast Calendar of Events

Copies of “The 613” published by Blue Rider Press (a division within Penguin Random House) are available for purchase and signing at the end of each event.

Online purchases here

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Archie Rand in conversation with art critic Cathy Fox

MJCC Atlanta Book Festival / 5342 Tilly Mill Road – Dunwoody, Georgia

12:30 pm


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Archie Rand in conversation with renowned scholar, author, Camille Paglia

New York Public Library / 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, NY

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Auditorium opens at 5:30 pm


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Archie Rand presents a history of “The 613”

The Tribeca Synagogue / 49 White Street (Church Street and Broadway) NY

Program followed by reception for the groundbreaking series “The 54 Chapter Paintings” (1989) on display in its entirety for the first time as a solo exhibition in the Synagogue For The Arts Gallery / 7:00 pm


Friday, December 4, 2015

Archie Rand: A Sabbath Eve event discussing “The 613”, in conversation with dynamic communicator Rabbi Dan Ain

Book Court / 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY / 7:00 pm


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Archie Rand on “The 613” / Ben Katchor’s New York Comics Symposium

Parsons The New School / 2 West 13th Street, NY, in the Bark Room

7:00 pm 


*Many more venues to be added soon – list in formation*

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