The Art of Michael Knigin
22 through January 3, 2015
Michael Knigin was born in 1942 in
Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Tyler School
of Art, Temple University where he was awarded
a Ford Foundation Grant to study fine art lithography at the renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop, in Los Angeles.
In 1966, Knigin started teaching at the Pratt Graphic Center in Manhattan, an extension
of the Pratt Institute. There he started a fine art lithography workshop and opened his own company devoted to a silkscreen printing. The shop
produced editions for renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Paul
1974, Knigin was invited by the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Foundation to establish the first professional
lithography workshop in Israel and to train a group of young Israeli artists.
While visiting the Holocaust Museum [Yadvashem] he was given access to their archives where he saw pictures of the victims in the camps, of revolts, deportation,
ghettos, liberation and of course Anne Frank. Many of the pictures had been taken by the German soldiers.
Knigin said he couldn't believe man's inhumanity against man. He decided to copy these photographs to use in a series about this time in history.
Returning to New York in 1977, Knigin
started to create his Holocaust Series. He began to transfer his archival
photos to his computer and started creating his Holocaust series on the screen. He also has integrated images, symbols, textures
and colors from many of his own paintings into his computer project.
the series he said,
“I did the Holocaust
Series because it was my legacy, and I wanted
to remind people what we are capable of doing to other humans".
Michael's work is included in over 60 museums and corporate
collections, including the Whitney Museum, The Albright-Knox Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, The Carnegie Mellon Institute, New York University,
The Minnesota Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The North Miami Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Portland Museum of
Art, and the Israel Museum among them.
October 22 through January 3. 2015