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Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (Artists of the American Mosaic Series)
     

Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (Artists of the American Mosaic Series)

by Samantha Baskind
 

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Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists presents over 80 19th- and 20-century Jewish American artists, ranging from the critically neglected Theresa Bernstein, Ruth Gikow, and Jennings Tofel, to the well-known Eva Hesse, Roy Lichtenstein, and Larry Rivers. The subject matter of some of these artists may surprise readers. Adolph Gottlieb designed and

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Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists presents over 80 19th- and 20-century Jewish American artists, ranging from the critically neglected Theresa Bernstein, Ruth Gikow, and Jennings Tofel, to the well-known Eva Hesse, Roy Lichtenstein, and Larry Rivers. The subject matter of some of these artists may surprise readers. Adolph Gottlieb designed and supervised the fabrication of a 35-foot wide, four-story high stained glass facade for a synagogue; Louise Nevelson sculpted a Holocaust memorial; and Philip Pearlstein painted a version of Moses with the Tablets of the Law early in his career. Covering painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers, as well as artists who engage in newer forms of visual expression such as video, conceptual, and performance art, the book is in part intended to stimulate further scholarship on these artists. When appropriate, entries reveal the influence of the Jewish American encounter on the artists' work along with other factors such as gender and the immigrant experience. In many cases, the artists' own words are employed to flesh out perspectives on their art as well as on their Jewish identity. To that end, the volume contains excerpts from recent interviews conducted by the author with some of the artists, including Judy Chicago, Audrey Flack, Jack Levine, and Sol LeWitt. Illustrations accompanying each artist's entry, some in color, aid this invaluable look at Jewish American art.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313055874
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Series:
Artists of the American Mosaic
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

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Jonathan D. Sarna

"This carefully researched reference work not only introduces readers to 85 American Jewish artists, it also poses the question of what makes the work of these artists Jewish. A masterful introduction to a much neglected subject."

Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

Meet the Author

SAMANTHA BASKIND is Assistant Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University. She is the author of Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004).

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