Perhaps most intriguing are his richly detailed illuminated manuscripts, whose tiny images might have well have been crafted by the masters of the 15th century. In much of his other work, he had a wildly cartoonish style, depicting villains as grossly distorted, skull-crushing caricatures. But for all their flair, they were mostly humor-free, and his renderings of Jews as a heroic, proud, fighting people were certainly serious. His two main objectives were convincing the public of Hitlers villainy and the establishment of a Jewish state both dreams he saw fulfilled before his death in 1951. See A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through February 8. 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org. Free.
Oct. 20-Feb. 8, 2008