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American Artists, Jewish Images (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Born 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.

Book News Annotation:

Baigell (emeritus, art history, Rutgers U.) continues his exploration of themes addressed in Jewish Artists in New York: The Holocaust Years (2002) and Jewish American Artists and the Holocaust (1997). He examines rarely explicated Jewish cultural/ identity issues reflected in the works of 15 major American artists of the past 50 years including Helène Aylon, Hyman Bloom, Mark Rothko, and Ben Shahn. For example, he discusses Aylon's questioning of Orthodox values through her works, and Shahn's use of Hebrew script in his images. Art illustrations are in b&w.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Baigell (emeritus, art history, Rutgers U.) continues his exploration of themes addressed in Jewish Artists in New York: The Holocaust Years (2002) and Jewish American Artists and the Holocaust (1997). He examines rarely explicated Jewish cultural/ identity issues reflected in the works of 15 major American artists of the past 50 years including Helène Aylon, Hyman Bloom, Mark Rothko, and Ben Shahn. For example, he discusses Aylon's questioning of Orthodox values through her works, and Shahn's use of Hebrew script in his images. Art illustrations are in b&w. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815630678
Author:
Baigell, Matthew
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Art, american
Subject:
Art, jewish
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Art, Jewish - United States - 20th century
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Series:
Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.18x6.76x.93 in. 1.17 lbs.

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