Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art (Hardcover)

Beckmann to Beuys

By Peter Chametzky

University of California Press, 9780520260429, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

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This book provides a stimulating overview of twentieth-century German art, focusing on some of the period's key works by Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, Willi Baumeister, Arno Breker, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Richter. In Peter Chametzky's innovative approach, these works become representatives rather than representations of twentieth-century history. That is, the art here does not simply illustrate an argument, the art is the argument. Chametzky draws on both scholarly and popular sources to demonstrate how the works (and in some cases, the artists themselves) interacted with, and even enacted, historical events, processes, and ideas. He asserts the continued historical role of material art works in an era when less material forms--photography, film, television, video, digital images--have assumed the function of visually depicting contemporary history.

About the Author

Peter Chametzky is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department at the University of South Carolina. He is a contributor to The Built Surface: Architecture and the Pictorial Arts from Romanticism to the Twenty-First Century.

Praise For Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art: Beckmann to Beuys

“An interesting theoretical analysis of German art. Its sources and documentation are abundant. Chametzky’s knowledge of German art is impressive.”

— Yves Laberge


— Choice

“Compelling. . . . [Chametzky includes] appropriate critical/theoretical and cultural/historical background throughout.”

— Shelley Cordulack, Millikin University