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Just Is in the Art of Samuel Bak

Gary A. Phillips
Foreword by John K. Roth

Cloth $50.00    |    978-1-879985-33-9    |    2018

"Samuel Bak’s Just Is paintings offer dramatic visual insight into one of the essential dilemmas of our time: how to reconcile mankind’s hope for a better future with the spectacle of a ruined culture and its people that continues to cast its shadow over us from the past."—Lawrence L. Langer, Professor of English Emeritus, Simmons College

"During his prolific and magisterial career, the Jewish artist Samuel Bak has drawn profoundly on his experience as a Holocaust survivor to assess the damage done by that catastrophe and to weigh how best to live in what Gary A. Phillips aptly calls ‘the atrocity universe.’ Brilliantly interpreted by Phillips, the paintings cataloged in Just Is are emblematic of Bak’s challenging struggle with that dilemma."—John K. Roth, professor of philosophy and religion, Claremont McKenna College

  Just Is in the Art of Samuel Bak

  Samuel Bak has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. Since 1993, he has resided with his wife, Josée, in the Boston area. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and books, including Between Worlds. He was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize. Gary A. Phillips is the Edgar H. Evans Professor of Religion and Dean of the College Emeritus at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He has published numerous edited and coedited volumes, including Icon of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak with Danna Nolan Fewell.

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