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Otto Dix: Hommage a Martha
Otto Dix
February 2006
Book Description
Between 1921 and 1933, while painter Otto Dix was in his 30s and early 40s--in the years following the Great War, in which he had fought for Germany at the Somme, and which had driven him to make some of the most controversial, violent art of his generation--Dix put much of his artistic energy into portraits of his lover and later wife, Martha. The paintings, watercolors, drawings and humorous sketches brought together here show Martha Dix advancing through roles as a sophisticated, emancipated woman; as lover, muse, and intellectual companion; and then as mother and heart of the family. The painterís widely varying attitudes toward his most frequent model, which range from admiration and intimacy to increasing distance, transpose themselves into a myriad of styles. The titles of the works, which range from...

Bitter Witness (German Life and Civilization Series): Otto Dix and the Great War
Linda F. McGreevy
July 1901

Otto Dix/Raymond Pettibon: Traue Deinen Augen (Trust Your Eyes)
Hans-Werner Schmidt (Editor)
August 2001
Book Description
This book documents a remarkable joint exhibition of work by the 20th-century German artist Otto Dix and the contemporary Los Angeles artist Raymond Pettibon. The show features a generous cross-section of works on paper by Dix from the entirety of his career, beginning with his earliest works from the turn of the 20th-century, inspired by Nietzsche, to his classic war postcards from his experieinces during World War I, to later works that examine themes of love and death. Pettibon respeonds to these works by executing drawings on the walls of the museum where the Dix works are hung. These drawings, a blood red heart, human eye, and other organs, speak to the themes explored by Dix, and are accompanied by Pettibon's captions. Together, Dix's drawings, etchings, and illustrations, and Pettibon's interventions combine to...

Vitalism in Modern Art, C. 1900-1950: Otto Dix, Stanley Spencer, Max Beckmann and Jacob Epstein
Richard A. Lofthouse
January 2005

Modern Art Despite Modernism
Manufactured by Museum of Modern Art
July 2002
Book Description
Throughout the 20th century, the evolution of mainstream modernism in the arts has been shadowed and complicated by alternative expressions, intended either to set back the clock or to redirect the stream of progress. Modern Art Despite Modernism explores the anti-modernist impulse as exhibited in painting and sculpture through the social, political, and cultural conflicts of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Texts by Robert Storr remind the reader of the strengths of some of this work--paintings and drawings by Otto Dix, Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente, and even Pablo Picasso--and of the enduring popularity of such artists as Pavel Tchelitchew, whose Hide and Seek, along with Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World, are among the public's favorite pictures. Storr also discusses taste and vulgarity and their...

7th Circle
Maggie Jaffe
January 2003
Howard Zinn
Maggie Jaffe's poems have a rare power and beauty. She writes ... always in a way that astonishes us...

W. D. Ehrhart
Maggie Jaffe's 7th Circle is not for the squeamish. It is filled with broken dreams, broken lives, and death.

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Arcadia and the Metropolis: Masterpieces from the National Galerie Berlin
Neue Galerie (Editor)
March 2004
Book Description
This penetrating examination of two major themes in the Expressionist and Neue Sachlichkeit movements traces German artists’ varied responses to their country’s abrupt encounter with industrialization and urbanization. Few artistic movements mirror the social and political climates of their emergence as much as German Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). This exhibition catalog presents a selection of important paintings, covering the period from 1907 to 1926, from one of Germany’s major collections of twentieth-century art. The thirty-four paintings presented here include works by Kirchner, Nolde, Pechstein, Dix, Groz, Schmidt-Rottluff, Heckel, and Beckmann. Arranged chronologically, and with in-depth explanatory texts, they allow readers to trace the evolution of German...

At War
Antonio Monegal (Editor)
March 2005
Book Description
Ambitious in both scope and content, At War seeks to identify both the changes in the evolution of warfare from the beginning of the 20th century until today, and to show the imagery and thus society's mental and cultural constructs surrounding the issue. But this book on war approaches the age-old subject from a new perspective--the viewer isn't exposed only to now-familiar images of war: soldiers, guns, trenches, victims, and limbless survivors. At War also provides interpretations and depictions of war from artists such as Otto Dix, Barbara Kruger, Kerr Eby, and Henry Moore; children's drawings of their war-torn lands; and war paraphenalia, including a Bomb Dog and a clapping device for a one-armed serviceman. Essays by Jon Lee Anderson, Eudald Carbonell, Manuel Delgado,Andreas Huyssen, José Maria Ridao, ...

Behind the Lines: Pieces on Writing and Pictures
Michael Hofmann
October 2002
"[Hofmann] offers startling insights . . . Poetic in his praise and wittily scathing in his criticism, he writes with unwavering brilliance and subtle charm." --Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times

"Hofmann is every inch the poet-critic and the language of this collection is rich and endlessly surprising. An exceptional collection of writing about literature and art by a noted poet and translator --Candida Clark, The Observer

Comic Grotesque
Pamela Kort (Editor)
October 2004
From Publishers Weekly
A skeleton urinates in a river, demons torment sobbing broken men, and the devil mates with Salome to infect the Pope with syphilis in this history of the mania for the bizarre in German visual art, performance and literature. The book, produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Neue Galerie in New York, begins with curator Kort's essay on the symbolist painter Arnold Bocklin, who produced lushly painted scenes of mythic figures and monsters at play. As the book goes on, the genres become less traditional, encompassing the fields of photography, collage and even puppetry. In addition, the images themselves become more abstract, as lurid mélanges of male, female and animal bodies form comic nightmares. Certainly, the horror of two world wars and the rise of fascism had an influence on the explosion...

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