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Week of January 12, 2005

David Friedman depicted himself in his art (that's him 
with the glasses in Liberation, above), because 
he lived it before it was art (see Tuesday).
David Friedman
David Friedman depicted himself in his art (that's him with the glasses in Liberation, above), because he lived it before it was art (see Tuesday).

Tuesday, January 18William Faulkner once wrote that "memory forgets before knowing remembers," but David Friedman devoted his life and his art to insuring that memory never forgot the horrors of the Holocaust. Friedman survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, determined to create a body of work that would both document the brutality innocent people endured and remember those who did not survive it. The exhibit of Friedman's work, Because They Were Jews!, on display at the St. Louis Artists' Guild (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton; 314-727-6266), is a sober record of humanity's darkest hour. It's also a testament to the human spirit, which strives to create even when destruction surrounds us. Friedman's work will humble and inspire you at the same time. Because They Were Jews! opens Sunday, January 16, at 1 p.m., but if you wish to avoid the hoopla and spend some quiet time with the work and your thoughts, the gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18.

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