Hanan Harchol

Looking Back At Art Spiegelman’s Retrospective

What is beautifully presented in “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, in addition to original drawings from the “Maus” series, is the enormous range of work that Spiegelman produced beyond those volumes. Included are comic books, magazine illustrations, children’s books illustrations, political satire, trading cards and stickers, New Yorker covers, and even a collaboration with the dance group Pilobolus and a stained glass window for The High School of Art & Design, just to name a few.

Art Spiegelman, It Was Today, Only Yesterday (detail), 2012, The High School of Art and Design, New York.  Copyright © 2012

The Art Of Conversation

Hanan Harchol’s paintings and animations hinge on thought-provoking verbal exchanges.

10/01/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic
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In Hanan Harchol’s art, there’s no disconnect between visual imagery and Jewish thought. His new exhibition of paintings and animation is alive with conversation — about values, teachings, choices, holiness and life’s adventures.
The conversations take place in cars, park benches and on the subway; even the small talk leads to large ideas, whether love or forgiveness or gratitude. In Israeli-accented English and with perfect timing, his father, the nuclear physicist Micha Harchol (in Hanan’s voice) advises his son not to chase another person’s dream (“Looking in Other People’s Windows” or Envy) and not to let someone live in your head rent-free, that is, not to let someone’s past actions take up valuable room (“Landlord” or Forgiveness).

The Hanan Harchol Exhibit at HUC's museum.
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