The Art of Peter Z. Malkin And “Memories Through Time: The Paintings of Peter Z. Malkin” Book Debut at 28th Annual Artexpo New York

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A new book and art program is being launched at Artexpo New York 2006 (March 2-6 at Javits Convention Center) of the late Mossad agent who captured Adolf Eichmann in 1960, Peter Z. Malkin. The book, "Memories Through Time: The Paintings of Peter Z. Malkin" was written in conjunction with Malkin's 17-year-old daughter, Shir Malkin. During his time as an agent, Malkin portrayed himself as a traveling artist as his cover.

Rob Spademan, Director of Sales and Marketing, Artexpo New York, announced today that one of the exhibitors at Artexpo New York 2006, Perry Fine Art, will debut one of the most significant art collections of current time, The Art of Peter Z. Malkin. Peter Malkin, who passed away last year, was the Mossad agent who was personally responsible for the 1960 highly publicized capture of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi War Criminal who was Chief of Operations in the deportation of three million Jews to extermination camps.

Also debuting at Artexpo New York 2006 by Perry Fine Art, with an appearance by Mr. Malkin’s 17-year-old daughter, Shir Malkin, is “Memories Through Time: The Paintings of Peter Z. Malkin.” This is the first book to ever cover Mr. Malkin’s life with a primary focus on his artwork. Ms. Malkin will be on-hand throughout Artexpo New York to discuss her father’s life and artwork.

Mr. Malkin, considered by many to be one of the greatest intelligence officers in history, as well as a hero, used the cover of an artist in many of his operations. As many agents in the intelligence community do, Mr. Malkin pursued his cover’s career after his retirement from the service.

Artexpo New York, the world’s largest premier fine and popular art fair, will hold its 28th annual exposition, March 2-6, 2006 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year’s theme, “Big Apple. Big Art.” speaks to the success of last year’s show and the continuing positive momentum in broad fine and popular art segment.    Artexpo New York showcases work for all tastes, budgets and styles while offering art for both first-time and experienced buyers, priced from $500 to $50,000.


The late Peter Z. Malkin (1927-2005) was a painter and poet of unusual circumstance. As the Mossad agent who hunted and captured Adolph Eichmann, he drew on personal experience to produce a riveting body of paintings centered on the events and people of these years, as well as his private impressions and memories. Giving voice to one who was by necessity voiceless during much of his life, these images portray the full expression of this artist's talent and vision.

This book is a retrospective compilation of paintings produced in the period 1961-2004, both during his years as a covert operative, and afterward. The paintings are grouped by country, with additional text including the artist's poems and notes. Most of the works were produced on maps, which may have served an additional, cryptological purpose.

Peter Malkin once said that maps "talked" to him, and he would constantly search for such maps, usually in small format.

During his long career as a covert operative, he often used the identity of traveling artist as a cover, but we can see in this retrospective a clearly unique artist with keen observations on the human condition. Delving deep into the human psyche, combining a naif style with complex subtext, the art of Peter Malkin is presented here in high-quality hard-cover format, 144 pages, with 97 images.

Artexpo New York 2006

Looking to build on 2005’s success (37,000 consumers attended up from 25,000 in 2004), this year will mark the launch of two new sections of Artexpo New York; SOLO Photo, an addition to SOLO, representing a section of emerging, independent photographers representing their own work, and The Pavilion at Artexpo New York, a new “show within a show” concept explicitly created for the higher-end retail galleries to showcase at Artexpo New York.

Over its 28-year history, Artexpo New York has helped propel the careers of some of the finest American artists of the 20th century, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Indiana, Leroy Neiman, Robert Rauschenberg, and others who went on to fame and fortune in the art world. Produced by the International Art & Framing Group (IAFG), the largest producer of art shows and art-related publications in the world, Artexpo New York attracts the top galleries, dealers and artists to the Javits Center each year.

Tickets for Artexpo New York are available the day of the show at the Javits Convention Center box office, or at Adult tickets are $15 a day; $5 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.

The International Art & Framing Group

The International Art and Framing Group (IAFG) is the No. 1 producer of art shows and art-related publications in the world, including Art Miami, Artexpo and DECOR Expo as well as Art Business News, DECOR Magazine, Framing Monthly, and VOLUME.

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