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After Auschwitz : responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art / edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen
Alternate Title Responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art
Sunderland : Northern Centre for Contemporary Art ; London : Lund Humphries, c1995
book jacket
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 4th Floor  N7417.6 .A33 1995    AVAILABLE
Mardigian Endowment Bookplate
Subject(s) Jewish art -- Exhibitions
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art -- Exhibitions
Jews in art -- Exhibitions
Concentration camps in art -- Exhibitions
Art, British -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
Physical Description 160 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 28 cm
Note Published on the occasion of the traveling exhibition 'After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art'
Includes bibliographical references (p. 160)
Contents A kind of survivor / George Steiner -- The Nazi Holocaust: its moral, historical and educational significance / Ronnie S. Landau -- The complexities of witnessing ; Art confronts the Holocaust / Ziva Amishai-Maisels -- Memory and counter-memory: towards a social aesthetic of holocaust memorials / James E. Young -- Fifty years on / Monica Bohm-Duchen
Summary The senseless horror of the Holocaust continues to send shockwaves through history. Few would question its profound influence on post-war philosophy, morality, theological and political thinking. Yet the impact of the Holocaust on the Fine Arts, and in particular on contemporary art, has still not received the attention it deserves. This new publication accompanies a pioneering touring exhibition. It comprises a series of illustrated essays by leading experts, addressing: the art produced by victims of the Holocaust during the Holocaust; the influence of the Holocaust on artists who were not camp inmates, working during the war and in the post-war period; Holocaust memorials and their significance; and the work of a younger generation of artists, many of them non-Jews, whose relationship to the Holocaust is more oblique
Note Among the artists included are R. B. Kitaj, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Christian Boltanski, Melvin Charney, Shimon Attie, Zoran Music, Susanna Pieratzki, Mick Rooney and Nancy Spero. The works selected have in common a determination not to rely on over-used visual stereotypes, nor to indulge in nostalgia, morbidity or sentimentality. Aesthetically compelling, they force us to reassess a subject all too often dismissed as overworked, and to reconsider the nature and potential of artistic activity 'after Auschwitz', as the century nears its end
Alternate Author Bohm-Duchen, Monica
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England)
Mardigian Endowment, 2013

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