Absence/Presence: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Artistifc Memory of the Holocaust

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Since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and recognition of the Holocaust as a watershed event of the twentieth century, if not in Western Civilization itself, the capacity of art to represent this event adequately has been questioned. Contributors provide case studies that include a broad spectrum of artists from North America, Europe and Israel, and examine some of the dominant themes of their work.

Contents include:

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Overview

Since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and recognition of the Holocaust as a watershed event of the twentieth century, if not in Western Civilization itself, the capacity of art to represent this event adequately has been questioned. Contributors provide case studies that include a broad spectrum of artists from North America, Europe and Israel, and examine some of the dominant themes of their work.

Contents include:

"Picturing Death: Better This than Silence," Robert Poor
"Probing the Limits of the Politics of Representation," Jeremy Varon
"After Auschwitz: Art and the Holocaust Six Decades Later," Monica Bohm-Duchen
"Jewish Artists in New York: The 1940s," Matthew Baigell
"From the Sublime to the Abject: Art and the Holocaust Six Decades Later," Andrew Weinstein
"R.B. Kitaj's 'Good Bad' Diasporism and the Body in American Jewish Postmodern Art," Sander Gilman
"Bak's Variations on a Theme by Bak," Lawrence Langer
"Toward a Post-Holocaust Theology in Art: The Search for the Absent and Present God," Stephen Feinstein
"How to Remember," Nancy Weston
"Disaster Art: A Plea Against the Peripheral Stuff," Pier Marton
"Conversations with Rzeszow: An Artist's Journey," Joyce Lyon
"Haunting the Empty Place," Ziva Amishai-Maisels

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815630838
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Religion, Theology, and the Holocaust Ser.
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 1,052,626
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Feinstein is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and now serves as permanent Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has been the curator for six museum exhibitions about Holocaust art, has edited one book, and written six art catalogues.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : a scream/a repetition/a transformation
Pt. 1 Trauma, memory, discourse
1 Picturing death : better this than silence 3
2 Probing the limits of the politics of representation 12
3 How to remember 39
4 After Auschwitz : art and the Holocaust 55
5 From the sublime to the abject : six decades of art 70
6 Matters of interpretation : one artist's commentary 93
7 Conversations with Rzeszow : an artist's journey 107
8 Disaster art : a plea against the peripheral stuff 116
Pt. 2 Issues in representation
9 Haunting the empty place 123
10 Jewish artists in New York : the 1940s 151
11 R. B. Kitaj's "good bad" diasporism and the body in American Jewish postmodern art 167
12 From rejection to recognition : Israeli art and the Holocaust 194
13 Bak's variations on a theme by Bak 219
14 Toward a post-Holocaust theology in art : the search for the absent and present God 229
15 The antinomies of censorship : the case of Zbigniew Libera 259
Pt. 3 Aftermath
16 Art, politics, and memory : a brief introduction to the story of Nazi-plundered art 271
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