Sedona Jewish Book Month

Flagstaff, Az,  Nov. 14th, 2008

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to a small, but intimate group of Sedona’s Jewish community.  How wonderful to have such a caring and open synagogue, amidst the energy of the red rocks. A shout out to my new friends; Rabbi Alica, Issac, Harry, Gail, Eric and sthe folks passing through from San Diego to Phoenix. Thanks to Eric M. for putting this together and sharing the history of the Sedona Jewish idenity with me. and Amy, the fabulous librarian who epitomizes the Sedona style of friendliness and hospitality.

As I told the crazy, often soulful tale of writing the book; Artist’s Proof, we enjoyed an interesting discussion on the imagery and history of Hungarian Jewish artist Bela Kadar. The title unknown, the date speculated to be 1940, I discussed Kadar’s spirit channeling the book Artist’s Proof (how appropriate for Sedona) and the history of Chagall, Entartete Kunst and the Abstract Expressionist, Romantic, Cubist and German Expressionist movements surrounding WWII.

From “a dancing woman” to a face covered with tallit”, I find this work as paradoxical as the life of Kadar. He painted in many styles including the ‘Blue Rider”, Cubism, and Futurism.  At times his style appeared influenced by Chagall and the life of the villagers in his native Hungary.  Yet this piece demonstrates a transition from the fantasy imagery of the Romantic to the Cubist edge of Picasso, a key influence of the time.  There are few pieces of Kadar’s around.  I find the history of his life and work to be my inspiration to continue telling the story of the Holocaust, through the eyes and ears of the creative intellectuals that experienced the war on so many levels.  If you are an educator interested in more information on my presentations, geared to HS and college students, feel free to contact me at

Take a look for yourself, and feel free to comment on what you see in the piece.

Degenerate artist Bela Kadar wwII

Degenerate artist Bela Kadar wwII


~ by Lander Marks on November 14, 2008.

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