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Envisioning Evil: The Nazi Drawings by Mauricio Lasansky

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Minneapolis Institute of Art / Minneapolis / Art

Mauricio Lasansky was born in 1914 and grew up in Argentina, in a family of Jewish immigrants. When he was 30, he moved to the U.S. to work as a printmaker and draftsman. As a young man, Lasansky grappled with the horrific facts of the Holocaust, and channeled these emotions into his work, which often explored themes of war and violence. “I was full of hate, poison,” he said, “and I wanted to spit it out.” In 1961, the year of Adolf Eichmann’s televised trial in Jerusalem, Lasansky began a series of 33 drawings in pencil, turpentine, and earth colors. Some of the images were unspeakably charged, others devoid of feeling behind the eyes. Lasansky died in 2012. His series of masterpieces comes to Minneapolis. —E.C.

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