Jewish Art

A Modern History

Samantha Baskind and Larry Silver

Jewish Art

Samantha Baskind and Larry Silver

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311 pages | 60 color plates, 85 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 4/5 | © 2011
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861898029 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Looking at the work of European artists including Moritz Daniel Oppenheim and Maurycy Gottlieb, Camille Pissarro and Marc Chagall, to those in the United States, such as Miriam Schapiro and Eva Hesse, Barnett Newman, and Archie Rand, as well as contemporary Israeli artists, Jewish Art: A Modern History provides a comprehensive, probing and lucid account of a complex subject. It is ideal for all general readers interested in the subject, and invaluable to students of Jewish art and history, as well as scholars in the field.

This lavishly illustrated volume, featuring numerous works published for the first time, offers a coherent discussion of the vexed question of what constitutes Jewish art today.

1. A Prequel to Modernity
2. Inventing the Jewish Artist in Europe
3. Revolutions in Art and Politics
4. Art, America and Acculturation
5. Art and the Holocaust, Survival and Remembrance
6. Home to Israel
Conclusions: Diaspora and Homeland(s)

Selected Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements

Review Quotes
Sander L. Gilman
Jewish Art accomplishes the impossible. A readable survey (for the general reader); a concise overview (perfect for class use), a theoretical critique (for the art historian as well as the Jewish Studies specialist). This volume makes the question of Jewish Art and the Jewish Artist central to its history, beginning with the questions of ‘who’ and ‘what’ and ending with the conflicts and confluences between Israeli and Diaspora Jewish culture. A must buy.” — Sander L. Gilman, Emory University
Archie Rand

Jewish Art: A Modern History is a beautiful book and an impressive achievement. Addressing what it means to make, or to witness, Jewish art, Baskind and Silver have compiled this most complete overview of those factors, which bind a historical trajectory to contemporary developments. It is both an accessible academic resource and a rich introduction for the interested reader, offering a history of both the social and personal conditions which have continued to generate art objects that reflect on Jewishness. The generous arc of balance, in its erudition and analysis, is bracing, making Jewish Art an important contribution to studies in art history.”––Archie Rand

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