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Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz

Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: March 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2003
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794435

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  • Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz examines the legacy of German-Jewish culture in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Positioning Kiefer as a deeply learned artist who encounters and represents history in painted, rather than written form, Lisa Saltzman contends that his work is unique among post-war German artists in his persistent exploration of the legacy of fascism. Formally, thematically, and philosophically, Kiefer's work probes the aesthetic and ethical dilemma of representing the unrepresentable, the historical catastrophe into whose aftermath the artist was born. Kiefer's work mediates the relationship between a deeply traumatic history that he, as a German born after World War II, and his post-Holocaust spectators cannot fully know, but to which his work bears witness and provides access.

    • One of the first book-length, scholarly treatments of Kiefer's work
    • Positions the legacy of fascism and the Holocaust as central to understanding Kiefer's aesthetic project
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    • Date Published: March 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794435
    • length: 207 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.364kg
    • contains: 40 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2003
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Thou shalt not make graven images'
    Adorno, Kiefer and the ethics of representation
    2. Our fathers, ourselves: Icarus, Kiefer and the burdens of history
    3. The sons of Lillith: mourning and melancholia, trauma and painting
    4. Kiefer: a painter from Germany.

  • Author

    Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

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