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After Auschwitz : responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art

Author: Monica Bohm-Duchen; Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England)
Publisher: Sunderland : Northern Centre for Contemporary Art ; London : Lund Humphries, 1995.
Series: Lund Humphries
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The senseless horror of the Holocaust continues to send shockwaves through history. Few would question its profound influence on post-war philosophy, morality, theological and political thinking. Yet the impact of the Holocaust on the Fine Arts, and in particular on contemporary art, has still not received the attention it deserves. This new publication accompanies a pioneering touring exhibition. It comprises a
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
After Auschwitz.
Sunderland : Northern Centre for Contemporary Art ; London : Lund Humphries, 1995
(OCoLC)609795365
Online version:
After Auschwitz.
Sunderland : Northern Centre for Contemporary Art ; London : Lund Humphries, 1995
(OCoLC)624387211
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Bohm-Duchen; Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England)
ISBN: 085331666X 9780853316664
OCLC Number: 33818156
Notes: Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition 'After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art'.
Description: 160 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 28 cm
Contents: A kind of survivor / George Steiner --
The Nazi Holocaust : its moral, historical and educational significance / Ronnie S. Landau --
The complexities of witnessing ; Art confronts the Holocaust / Ziva Amishai-Maisels --
Memory and counter-memory : towards a social aesthetic of holocaust memorials / James E. Young --
Fifty years on / Monica Bohm-Duchen --
Artists' statements --
List of works in exhibition.
Series Title: Lund Humphries
Responsibility: edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen.

Abstract:

The senseless horror of the Holocaust continues to send shockwaves through history. Few would question its profound influence on post-war philosophy, morality, theological and political thinking. Yet the impact of the Holocaust on the Fine Arts, and in particular on contemporary art, has still not received the attention it deserves. This new publication accompanies a pioneering touring exhibition. It comprises a series of illustrated essays by leading experts, addressing: the art produced by victims of the Holocaust during the Holocaust; the influence of the Holocaust on artists who were not camp inmates, working during the war and in the post-war period; Holocaust memorials and their significance; and the work of a younger generation of artists, many of them non-Jews, whose relationship to the Holocaust is more oblique.

Among the artists included are R.B. Kitaj, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Christian Boltanski, Melvin Charney, Shimon Attie, Zoran Music, Susanna Pieratzki, Mick Rooney and Nancy Spero. The works selected have in common a determination not to rely on over-used visual stereotypes, nor to indulge in nostalgia, morbidity or sentimentality. Aesthetically compelling, they force us to reassess a subject all too often dismissed as overworked, and to reconsider the nature and potential of artistic activity 'after Auschwitz', as the century nears its end.

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