American Artists, Jewish Images
By (author) Matthew Baigell
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American Artists, Jewish Images by Matthew Baigell
Book DescriptionBorn over a fifty-year period, the artists in this volume represent several generations of twentieth-century artists. Examining the work of such influential artists as Mark Rothko, Max Weber, and Ruth Weisberg, Baigell directly confronts their Jewish identity - as a religious, cultural, and psychological component of their lives - and explores the way in which this influence is reflected in their art. Drawing upon their common heritage, Baigell reveals the different ways these artists responded to the Great Immigration, the Depression, the Holocaust, the founding of the state of Israel, and the rise of feminism. Each artist's varied Jewish experiences have contributed to the creation of a visual language and subject matter that reflect both Jewish assimilation and Jewish continuity in ways that inform modern Jewish history and changes in present-day America. Offering a fresh examination of well-known artists, as well as long overdue attention to lesser-known artists, Baigell's incisive observations are indispensable to our understanding of the Jewish themes in these artists' work. Written in a lively and spirited prose, this book is compulsory reading for those interested in modern American art and Jewish studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815630678
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Matthew Baigell
Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America, Paperback (January 2001)
Demonstrates the importance of America as the defining element in American art.
Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Matthew Baigell
Covering the major artists and their works, and outlining the social and cultural backgrounds of each period, this is a survey of American painting and sculpture from colonial times to the present.
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Author Biography - Matthew Baigell
Matthew Baigell, professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University, is the author of numerous books including Jewish Artists in New York: The Holocaust Years, Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America, and Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust.
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