Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust

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Rutgers University Press, 1997 - 138 pages
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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 into 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.

 

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Contents

Children of Survivors
1
Before the War
7
The War
17
Postwar Responses
41
Tikkun Olam
51
on Biblical and Mythological Imagery
59
Expressing the Inexpressible
67
Notes
119
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Matthew Baigell, a professor in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, is a specialist in American art. His most recent book is Soviet Dissident Artists: Interviews After Perestroika (Rutgers University Press, 1995) which he co-authored with Renee Baigell.

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