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Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0929865249
ISBN-10: 0929865243
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Kiefer is an international art star and a German master of scorched and scummy stuff who deploys a prodigious vision on an enormous scale. Curator Auping presents a superb introduction to Kiefer's work since the 1960s in a book accompanying a widely traveling exhibit that is organized around the artist's philosophical underpinnings. Born in 1945, Kiefer makes art in the wake of World War II that represents a constant struggle between the burdens of history and the quest for spiritual redemption. The viewer must decide whether it's bombast or humble desire that leads him to explore and embrace the universe in paintings and sculpture that attempt to corral science and serpents, angels and sperm, kabbalah and cosmology. Kiefer's world is famously gray, typified by his extensive use of lead as a symbol of ambiguity, alchemy, and human potential. Another recurring theme is the book as icon, vessel, and transformative object. Auping's reverent essay and his Q&A with Kiefer steer clear of personality and stick close to the work. Steve Paul
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State of Art, Autumn 2005 'Features watercolours produced specifically for the publication.' Art Review, September 2005 'Focus[es] on Kiefer's life-long exploration of the relationship between heaven and earth.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Associatio; First Edition edition (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929865243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929865249
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Henry Berry on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The German artist Kiefer's first project titled "The Heavens" ("Die Himmel") sounded the note for the major theme of his work through the following decades. This first was a book-like project with several leaves completed in 1969. Coming after this were sculpture-like, installation-like works (before this form was widely practiced) using the earthy materials of lead, brick, metal, wood, cloth, and often cast-off materials, as used in "found" art, though with not nearly the effect. Born in 1945, Kiefer could never free himself from the oppressiveness of the German psychoses and atrocities of the Nazi years, especially being a Jew. "[Kiefer] does not assume the existence of a paradise, only the ancient need to imagine one." One sees in the artist's dense, bewitching works usually made of assorted materials this primitive longing for paradise impacted by the carnage and horrors of 20th century's crazed politics and warfare on a huge scale. The touches of brightness in many of Kiefer's works are sometimes overwhelmed by bricks and other materials the color of cinders, ashes, an unmistakable reference to the Holocaust and the "scorched earth" warfare waged by the German war machine. It is the natural materials of the art works such as leaves, ground, and cotton spun into clothing, not religious visions of Heaven, which offer any hope of transformative redemption and immortality there may be. As noted in the "Introduction," Kiefer regarded the earth as a "kind of alchemical fragment" still being forged. "In Kiefer's cosmology, the universe is an immense athanor, or alchemical oven, where spirit and matter are in continued process of creation and destruction." The book succeeds estimably as a retrospective on the span of Kiefer's career.Read more ›
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This is a fantastic book. Anselm Keifer is one of my favorite artists of today. His work is so powerful that it is difficult to imagine it translated into a printed form, but this book does a great job of an almost impossible task. Keifer's work must be seen in person to be fully felt, but short of that, this book still manages to impress.
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Anselm's artwork is amazing. This book tells all about the artist, his artwork, and the storys behind them. It has amazing photos and details.
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