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An Illustrated Guide to the 613 Jewish Commandments

Fine Arts

Nothing prepared the art world for “The 613,” the series of 613 paintings by Archie Rand completed in 2008, one for each Jewish commandment.  No gallery or museum has shown them all. To do that, Mr. Rand had to put the paintings between the covers of a book. “The 613,” a wonderfully garish book with one painting per page, will be published next week (Blue Rider, $45).  By taking his work to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Mr. Rand is giving back to the art world the same cool indifference with which the art world has at times treated him.

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