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Jewish Art: A Modern Historyby Samantha Baskind
Synopses & Reviews
Covering nearly two centuries, Jewish Art examines the art made by Jews across Europe, America, and Israel. Through nearly a hundred and fifty illustrations, many published here for the first time, Samantha Baskind and Larry Silver present a broadly accessible survey of Jewish art.
Baskind and Silver ask specifically “What is Jewish art?” and examine the ambiguities of the Jewish experience, both religious and cultural. Rather than providing reductive classifications of the subject, they consider the variety of ways Jewish artists have defined themselves and their works. Looking at the work of European and American artists, including Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Maurycy Gottlieb, Camille Pisarro, Marc Chagall, Miriam Schapiro, Eva Hesse, Barnett Newman, and Archie Rand, in addition to contemporary Israeli artists, Jewish Art provides a comprehensive and approachable account of a complex subject.
Looking at the work of European artists including Moritz Daniel Oppenheim and Maurycy Gottlieb, Camille Pissarro and Marc Chagall, to those in the United States, such as Miriam Schapiro and Eva Hesse, Barnett Newman, and Archie Rand, as well as contemporary Israeli artists, Jewish Art: A Modern History provides a comprehensive, probing and lucid account of a complex subject. It is ideal for all general readers interested in the subject, and invaluable to students of Jewish art and history, as well as scholars in the field.
This lavishly illustrated volume, featuring numerous works published for the first time, offers a coherent discussion of the vexed question of what constitutes Jewish art today.
About the Author
Samantha Baskind is an associate professor of art history at Cleveland State University. Her other books include Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists and Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art. Larry Silver is the James and Nan Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Transformation: Jews and Modernity.
Table of Contents
1. A Prequel to Modernity
2. Inventing the Jewish Artist in Europe
3. Revolutions in Art and Politics
4. Art, America and Acculturation
5. Art and the Holocaust, Survival and Remembrance
6. Home to Israel
Conclusions: Diaspora and Homeland(s)
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