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Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust (Religion)

Stephen C. Feinstein


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Since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and recognition of the Holocaust as a watershed event of the twentieth century, if not in Western Civilization itself, the capacity of art to represent this event adequately has been questioned. Contributors provide case studies that include a broad spectrum of artists from North America, Europe and Israel, and examine some of the dominant themes of their work.

Contents include:

"Picturing Death: Better This than Silence," Robert Poor
"Probing the Limits of the Politics of Representation," Jeremy Varon
"After Auschwitz: Art and the Holocaust Six Decades Later," Monica Bohm-Duchen
"Jewish Artists in New York: The 1940s," Matthew Baigell
"From the Sublime to the Abject: Art and the Holocaust Six Decades Later," Andrew Weinstein
"R.B. Kitaj's 'Good Bad' Diasporism and the Body in American Jewish Postmodern Art," Sander Gilman
"Bak's Variations on a Theme by Bak," Lawrence Langer
"Toward a Post-Holocaust Theology in Art: The Search for the Absent and Present God," Stephen Feinstein
"How to Remember," Nancy Weston
"Disaster Art: A Plea Against the Peripheral Stuff," Pier Marton
"Conversations with Rzeszow: An Artist's Journey," Joyce Lyon
"Haunting the Empty Place," Ziva Amishai-Maisels

Syracuse University Press, 9780815630838, 355pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2005