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Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz (Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism) Paperback – December 28, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism
  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521794439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521794435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Saltzman brings her training as an art historian specializing in contemporary motifs to the demanding task of teaching about post-war Germany to American readers, and does a superb job." New Jewish Books

Book Description

This book examines the legacy of German-Jewish culture in the aftermath of Auschwitz. Kiefer's work mediates the relationship between a deeply traumatic history that he, as artist and second generation German, and we, as post-Holocaust spectators, cannot fully know, but to which his work nonetheless bears witness and provides access.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 31, 2007
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This book is the pale shadow of Saltzman's PhD thesis, a survey of post WW2 German arts culture I consider to be the best thing I've ever read on fascist/post-fascist aesthetics.

Read the PhD thesis. I give it five stars.

The book at least has a few minuscule color repros of Kiefer's megalo canvases.

Saltzman is a thoughtful scholar, a good reporter, and an apparently German-speaking reader of many popular culture references which add real muscle to unusually jargon-free and trenchant art history. If you're sick of the pomoes and their vagulations about pointless art, read Saltzman and the other scholars of fascist aesthetics, or culture studies historians of post-war culture such as Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning, to whom Saltzman's important work on Kiefer can be compared.

I can't recommend her more highly and look forward to a long career of scholarly writing by her.
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