The Arnold Schwarzbart, z”l, Legacy Project

The Legacy Project is a work in progress about the legacy of the work of Arnold Schwarzbart, z”l (1942-2015).

The joy for Arnold was in designing, creating, and exploring how to make an object.
Exodus 31: 3-4
“and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass”

My sense of Arnold as an artist is that he knew how he wanted something to look and function and figured out the best material for the job.  Some artists are driven by and respond to a particular medium, but I think Arnold worked the other way, bending the medium to his vision.  I view that quality as a strength.
David Butler, Executive Director, Knoxville Museum of Art

The photograph of Arnold working on text for a commission was taken by Ernie Gross. Hebrew letters and text were an important component of much of Arnold’s work.

This lion became an important image for Arnold after seeing the life-size Lion of Hazor (15th to 14th Century BCE) on exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. I selected this unfired clay image for this page.