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This ambitious reference text provides short overviews of the careers of 80-plus 19th- and 20th-century Jewish American artists—e.g., painters, photographers, graphic artists, sculptors, and video-media artists. Baskind's (Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art) selections vary from well-known artists, e.g., Richard Avedon and Mark Rothko, to those less well known, e.g., Minna Citron and Barbara Kruger. Each of the A-to-Z entries is approximately 1500 words long. Though Baskind notes that her selections are not intended to be all-inclusive, readers may question the omission of artists like Cindy Sherman. Nonetheless, the selections are informative, including a biographical sketch of each artist, a representative illustration of the artist's work, a short bibliography, a selected list of public collections where the artist's work can be found, and illustrations, some in color. The sketches often attempt to discern the "Jewish" nature of the art, sometimes including comments from the artists on the relationship of their art to Jewish identity, excerpted from recent interviews conducted by the author.
—Herbert E. Shapiro