Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust

Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust

by Matthew Baigell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813524040

ISBN-13: 9780813524047

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Jewish themes in American art were not very visible until the last two decades, although many famous twentieth-century artists and critics were and are Jewish. Few artists responded openly to the Holocaust until the 1960s, when it finally began to act as a galvanizing force, allowing Jewish-American artists to express their Jewish identity in their work. Baigell…  See more details below

Overview

Jewish themes in American art were not very visible until the last two decades, although many famous twentieth-century artists and critics were and are Jewish. Few artists responded openly to the Holocaust until the 1960s, when it finally began to act as a galvanizing force, allowing Jewish-American artists to express their Jewish identity in their work. Baigell describes how artists initially deflected their responses by using abstract forms or by invoking biblical and traditional figures and then in more recent decades confronted directly Holocaust imagery and memory. He traces the development of artistic work from the late 1930s to the present in a moving study of a long overlooked topic in the history of American art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524047
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Children of Survivors - "Memorial Candles"1
Before the War7
The War17
Postwar Responses41
Tikkun Olam51
On Biblical and Mythological Imagery59
Expressing the Inexpressible67
Notes119
Index131

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