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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (January 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271059834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271059839
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In our secular age, the idea that the Bible could shape a modern artist, never mind a modern Jewish and American artist, seems odd. Yet in her brilliant new book, Samantha Baskind shows how the Bible--not necessarily only a Jewish Bible (Tanach) but also the American Bible of the Puritans--echoes in Jewish American art. Looking at Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj, Baskind provides a sophisticated and critical reading of how religious imagery survives and flourishes in our secular world. 
-Sander Gilman, Emory University


Samantha Baskind admirably undermines the strong tendency among art critics and art historians to ignore the relevance of religion for modern fine art. Her investigation of several important Jewish artists demonstrates irrevocably that biblical religion remains vitally pertinent to the critical understanding of a great deal of art in the modern era. In this beautifully illustrated book, Baskind writes authoritatively about artists whose achievements she carefully scrutinizes for their complex treatment of biblical themes. -David Morgan, Duke University

In a 'modernist' century, known chiefly for its increasing emphases both on pictorial abstraction and on secularism, surely a book on this topic, American biblical subjects, comes as a surprise. That all the artists in question were JewishAmericans, many of them recent immigrants and first generation in their profession, arrives with the force of a revelation. Presenting these discoveries, Samantha Baskind remains fully the master of her material, a mature scholar well known for her specialization in Jewish modern artists of twentieth-century America. 
-Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania


A fascinating and beautifully written examination of the role of biblical art in twentieth-century America. 
-Gary Shteyngart

Baskind's  careful and detailed analysis and art historical background, which looks back to depictions of Jews and Hebrew biblical scenes and figures by artists such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Hieronymus Bosch, make this a treasure for art historians and students; biblical, Jewish studies, and feminist scholars; and others. 
-Library Journal


Baskind's new book opens a number of avenues to a wider interpretation of visual art's role in ongoing debates on ethnicity, gender, and multiculturalism--topics increasingly relevant today. Art historians, Judaic studies scholars, and anyone interested in investigating the American Jewish experience through a twentieth-century lens will profit from reading it. -Ellen Landau, Case Western Reserve University

"Baskind's careful and detailed analysis and art historical background . . . make this a treasure for art historians and students; biblical, Jewish studies, and feminist scholars; and others."

--Marcia G. Welsh, Library Journal

"Baskind presents an illuminating analysis of the largely ignored biblically-themed work of five Jewish artists, well-known on the twentieth century American art scene for their oeuvre."

--Publishers Weekly

"In our secular age, the idea that the Bible could shape a modern artist, never mind a modern Jewish and American artist, seems odd. Yet in her brilliant new book, Samantha Baskind shows how the Bible--not necessarily only a Jewish Bible (Tanach) but also the American Bible of the Puritans--echoes in Jewish American art. Looking at Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj, Baskind provides a sophisticated and critical reading of how religious imagery survives and flourishes in our secular world."

--Sander L. Gilman, Emory University

"Samantha Baskind admirably undermines the strong tendency among art critics and art historians to ignore the relevance of religion for modern fine art. Her investigation of several important Jewish artists demonstrates irrevocably that biblical religion remains vitally pertinent to the critical understanding of a great deal of art in the modern era. In this beautifully illustrated book, Baskind writes authoritatively about artists whose achievements she carefully scrutinizes for their complex treatment of biblical themes."

--David Morgan, Duke University

"A fascinating and beautifully written examination of the role of biblical art in twentieth-century America."

--Gary Shteyngart

"In a 'modernist' century, known chiefly for its increasing emphases both on pictorial abstraction and on secularism, surely a book on this topic, American biblical subjects, comes as a surprise. That all the artists in question were Jewish Americans, many of them recent immigrants and first generation in their profession, arrives with the force of a revelation. Presenting these discoveries, Samantha Baskind remains fully the master of her material, a mature scholar well known for her specialization in Jewish modern artists of twentieth-century America. She judiciously chooses case studies that span issues of medium, gender, generation, and--ultimately--complex, often multiple, identity. Like these individuals, Baskind manages to hold in creative tension all the disparate components of the designation 'Jewish American artist.'"

--Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania

"In Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America, Samantha Baskind reimages the careers of five well-known modern American artists by training a focus on their mostly little-known, but more than occasional, adaptation of biblical narrative and imagery, both Old- and New Testament-based. Articulating a profound Jewish connection between painters and sculptors not necessarily considered in tandem under any other rubric, Baskind delineates connective paradoxes underscored by the purposeful adaptation of biblical interpretation (midrash) in the career trajectory of each. She argues, in these five case studies, that the freedom of America's secular society enabled re-presentation of ancient archetypes and that these, in turn, provided different but equally important cues for 'navigating modernity.' Baskind's new book opens a number of avenues to a wider interpretation of visual art's role in ongoing debates on ethnicity, gender, and multiculturalism--topics increasingly relevant today. Art historians, Judaic studies scholars, and anyone interested in investigating the American Jewish experience through a twentieth-century lens will profit from reading it."

--Ellen G. Landau, Case Western Reserve University

About the Author

Samantha Baskind is Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on July 30, 2014
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I enjoyed the author's study of Raphael Soyer, an iconic 20th Century New York City immigrant artist, the first book on him since the Abstract Expressionists came to dominate the contemporary art scene. ( A number of his own books were published during that period). What she had to wrestle with there was the fact that during his lifetime he adamantly refuted and rejected any characterization of him as a "Jewish" artist, including cooperation with authors seeking to include him in books designated as studies of Jewish artists or Jewish art. (See his correspondence on the Smithsonian site with one such author, and the prior letter to him from Leon Kroll, some fifteen years older and a native born American, who was of the same mind on the subject.
In this book, Baskind briefly reviews the life and work of five significant 20th Century American artists, who were Jewish by birth and secular by faith, but who reflected, in a significant segment, no matter how small, of their work, biblical themes and images. The artists are, in order of treatment: Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers and Ron Kitaj. All were born between 1915 and 1932, only Flack survives.
Treatment of each of the artists is limited to a brief biographical study as relevant to the topic. In addition, there are more detailed analyzes of their use of Biblical imagery and of the commentary and reflections upon biblical subjects which have these writings a living document applicable to the lives of the Jewish people over the more than 23 centuries of their existence. Within the context of her treatment of each artist, reference is also made to other Jewish artists as an indicator of the fact that the conceptualizations by these few are not unique manifestations by a small handful.
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Samantha Baskind is Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University. She is the author or editor of several books, most recently Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America (2014). She is also the author of Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004), Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (2007), and Jewish Art: A Modern History (2011, co-authored with Larry Silver). The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, co-edited with Ranen Omer-Sherman, appeared in 2008. She served as editor for U.S. art for the 22-volume revised edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2006) and is also the editor of Pennsylvania State University Press's book series: "Jews and the Cultural Imagination."

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