New Perceptions of Old Appearances in the Art of Samuel Bak
By (author) Lawrence L. Langer
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New Perceptions of Old Appearances in the Art of Samuel Bak by Lawrence L. Langer
Book DescriptionShowcases the distinctive work of one of the most innovative artists of our time. Samuel Bak's most recent series of paintings, "New Perceptions of Old Appearances", is a tribute to the power of the metaphorical imagination. Using the pear as a substitute image for the familiar apple of Eden, Bak explores the struggle of modern civilization to wrest from our fragile universe a viable mode of communal existence. Bak's pears are stoic in their solidity, but vulnerable to decay. In some guises they shine with the beauty of succulent fruit, but in others they fall victim to the violence of history and the decay of time. In this book - filled with color illustrations - Lawrence L. Langer shows the versatility and uniqueness of Bak's art. His pears play many roles, challenging the viewer to interpret their enigmatic presences without having to search for a single dogmatic meaning. While some, laden with promise, proclaim the inherent dignity of artistic form, others remind us, as they are consumed by fire or sacrificed on strange altars, of what Bak has called the "ineffaceable tragedy and sadness" that has been part of our lot as human creatures during the past hundred years. His images are both ripe with life and haunted by death. Samuel Bak had his first exhibition at the age of nine in the Vilna Ghetto. After emigrating to Israel, he studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Israel, and Europe. Books about his work include "Landscapes of Jewish Experience: Paintings by Samuel Bak" and "The Book of Genesis in the Art of Samuel Bak". Lawrence L. Langer is Alumnae Chair Professor of English Emeritus at Simmons College. His publications include "The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination", "Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory", "Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology", and "Preempting the Holocaust".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781879985148
(287mm x 223mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Pucker Gallery,US
Publisher: Pucker Gallery,US
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lawrence L. Langer
Told and Foretold, Hardback (November 2014)
Issued in connection with an exhibition held April 5-May 25, 2014, Pucker Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Auschwitz and After, Paperback (October 2014)
Written by a mamber of the French resistance who became an important literary figure in postwar France, this memoir of life and death in Auschwitz and the post-war experiences of women survivors has become a key text for Holocaust studies classes.
Adam and Eve and the Art of Samuel Bak, Hardback (May 2012)
Langer effectively and intelligently analyzes and provides insight into artist Samuel Bak's paintings as Bak explores the book of Genesis, the search for identiy and Adam and Eve.
Return to Vilna, Hardback (March 2007)» View all books by Lawrence L. Langer
Bak's journey was marked by memories and profound sadness and an awareness of his responsibility to express the spirits of all who were destroyed during the Holocaust. This book aims to pay tribute to the artist's return to his birthplace, to the place of his childhood; to streets of his tenuous survival during World War II.
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