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Abstraction and the Holocaust

Abstraction and the Holocaust

Looks at a series of American art and architectural projects that respond to the memory of the Holocaust. This work investigates how abstract artists and architects - whose work by its very nature rejects conventional figuration or symbolism - have negotiated Holocaust memory wit... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780300126761
Published 15 November 2007 by Yale University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Godfrey, Mark
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ISBN-13 9780300126761
ISBN-10 030012676X
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 November 2007
International Publication Date 17 August 2007
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Godfrey, Mark
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Art Styles: C First World War To 1960
Art Treatments & Subjects
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 192mm
Height: 256mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 1,234g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Architecture - United States - History - 20th century, Art, Abstract - United States, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), and art, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), and architecture, 20th century
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 709.04052
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This absorbing book looks closely at a series of American art and architectural projects that respond to the memory of the Holocaust. Mark Godfrey investigates how abstract artists and architects - whose work by its very nature rejects conventional figuration or symbolism - have negotiated Holocaust memory without ever representing the Holocaust directly. His thought-provoking conclusions will alter the way we understand abstraction, the place of abstract artists in art history, and 'Holocaust art'. The book considers works from 1951 to the present and includes, among others, paintings by Morris Louis, Frank Stella and Barnett Newman; Louis Kahn's proposal for New York City's first Holocaust memorial; and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commissions by Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Sol Lewitt and Ellsworth Kelly. The book concludes with a thoughtful discussion of Peter Eisenman's Berlin Holocaust memorial and Susan Hiller's photographic and video work, The J. Street Project , and shows how these works extend the possibilities of abstraction as a form of Holocaust representation.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One of the most impressive books to tackle the legacy of the Holocaust in the visual arts. . . . Certain to be a major source on the subject for years to come. --Aaron Rosen, Religion and the Arts --Aaron Rosen Religion and the Arts

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Author's Bio

Mark Godfrey teaches at The Slade School of Fine Art, University of London.

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