Celebrating an Artist Who Changed Israel's Visual Culture

Despite commercial success and recognition abroad of the humor, colorfulness and aesthetics of his oeuvre, Jean David was not a big star in Israel, where some did not see his graphic design as art. Revisiting the man and his work, on the 20th anniversary of his death.

In 1955 a competition was held to design the poster for the first Purim parade, or Adloyada, to be held in Tel Aviv since the declaration of statehood. Two young graphic artists, Paul Kor and Samuel Grundman, decided to vent their protest over the fact that one artist had repeatedly won these sorts of contests in the past − even ones for which the submissions were made anonymously. Apparently, despite the...