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Anselm Kiefer
Mark Eaton (Translator)
8881581302
November 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Writing about one of the most important and complex artists of our times requires the erudition, clarity, and broad view of a Daniel Arasse, author of the gorgeously illustrated Anselm Kiefer. Avoiding a straightforward chronological survey, Arasse plunges directly into Kiefer's major themes and the ways they reflect the artist's subtly evolving perspectives on German history, the role of the artist, and the meaning of life. Arasse illuminates Kiefer's use of Jewish kabbalistic symbolism, his relationship to philosophers and writers from Nietzsche to Celan, and the rich trove of metaphor to be found in his use of lead, straw, books, and images of railroad tracks and artists' palettes. Never succumbing to art-speak, Arasse--whose French text has been deftly translated into English--marshals his arguments with lucid elegance....


Anselm Kiefer: The Heavenly Palaces: Merkabah
Peter Nisbet (Editor)
0300101228
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
While most major museums in the United States and abroad hold examples of the German artist Anselm Kiefer's work, the nature and extent of his achievement are the subject of intense debate. This volume reproduces in full The Heavenly Palaces: Merkabah, an important large-scale artist's book created by Kiefer in 1990. Featuring highly evocative images beautifully reproduced here in full color, this work is accompanied by three penetrating essays by experts who approach the book from various perspectives, explicating its many layers of meaning to an unprecedented degree. The first essay deals impressionistically with the motifs and iconography of The Heavenly Palaces: Merkabah. The next treats its themes and meaning, concentrating especially on Jewish references and resonances, an especially challenging aspect of this...


A Book by Anselm Kiefer
Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr.
0807611913
Sept 1988
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
One of the most important modern German painters, Kiefer is best known for his brooding forests and somber fields encrusted with debris, for his haunted monuments reeking of the Nazi past. In contrast, this series of bright, spontaneous watercolors reveals a wholly different side of the artist. In lyrically expressive seascapes and landscapes based on a 1974 trip along Norway's coast, icebergs, ships and magical skies abound. This sequence abruptly gives way to lush female nudes. Kiefer's colossal temptress is an earth goddess echoing commercial erotic poses, yet transformed through multiple associations with Nordic and Germanic legends. The sun of the earlier seascapes has become the nude's smudged red mouth; her stained body parts recall a Rorschach blot or perhaps Gustav Klimt. But the overall effect is slight...


Anselm Kiefer
Rafael Lopez-Pedraza
0807614157
Oct 1996
Hardcover
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National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection
Selected by John Oliver Hand
0810956195
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which opened in 1941, was founded by Andrew Mellon, whose collection of 121 old-master paintings provided the foundation for what has rapidly become a world-class museum with extensive holdings representing seven centuries of European and American art. To "present the high points of the collection," Hand has focused exclusively on paintings, selecting nearly 400 masterworks to create not only a sampling of the gallery's collection but also a pleasurable and illuminating history of Western painting. Hand proceeds chronologically, offering commentary on each painting, beginning with a thirteenth-century Byzantine icon and moving on to Ginevra de' Benci, the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, followed by paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya,...


Transgressions: The Offences of Art
Anthony Julius
0226415368
March 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in England in the wake of the media scandals surrounding the rise of Young British Artists, or "YBAs," such as Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Tracey Emin, this somewhat scholarly book seeks to historicize the theater of transgression that has become a mainstay in modern and contemporary visual art. At once a history lesson and a muddled polemic, the book moves through various moments in the progression of scandalous art, from Manet's angry reception in the salons of Paris to Mapplethorpe's public crucifixion in the United States, arguing through a web of quotations and epigrams (Adorno's "Every work of art is an uncommitted crime" is a touchstone) that the transgressive power of visual art has in some way been exhausted, and the enduring criminal mindframe of the modern artist has...


Anselm Kiefer
Daniel Arasse
0810903849
Oct 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Writing about one of the most important and complex artists of our times requires the erudition, clarity, and broad view of a Daniel Arasse, author of the gorgeously illustrated Anselm Kiefer. Avoiding a straightforward chronological survey, Arasse plunges directly into Kiefer's major themes and the ways they reflect the artist's subtly evolving perspectives on German history, the role of the artist, and the meaning of life. Arasse illuminates Kiefer's use of Jewish kabbalistic symbolism, his relationship to philosophers and writers from Nietzsche to Celan, and the rich trove of metaphor to be found in his use of lead, straw, books, and images of railroad tracks and artists' palettes. Never succumbing to art-speak, Arasse--whose French text has been deftly translated into English--marshals his arguments with lucid elegance....


Fire on the Earth
John C. Gilmour
0877229627
Mar 1992
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The obscure, stormy gray paintings of this German postmodern artist are the antithesis of the colorful and light-filled works of the French Impressionists. In much the same way, Kiefer's philosophic viewpoint rejects the clarity and rationalism of the art traditions based on the aesthetic theories of the Enlightenment. Skillfully weaving an explication of Kiefer's work from the philosophy of Baudrillard, Nietzsche, Foucault, and others, Gilmour presents an intertextual reading of Kiefer mercifully free of those tangled thickets of language that prevent most of us from understanding philosophy. This is not to say Gilmour's book is easy reading; considerable intellectual effort is needed to digest the arguments presented. Since Kiefer is an exemplar of the postmodern movement, the book will be valuable for...


Cosmos Poems
Frederick Seidel
0374130205
April 2000
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review, Albert Mobilio
As an attempt to merge poetic meditation and scientific speculation, it is both earnest and user-friendly.

Adam Phillips, Raritan
"Every word [of Seidel's poems] works, and every false note seems calculated."

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Anselm Kiefer
Mark Rosenthal
3791308475
Dec 1989
Paperback
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H. Kramer, The New Criterion
"The wonderfully detailed catalogue ... is an indispensable guide ... a triumph of art historical scholarship."


Cover to Cover
Sol Lewitt
905662282X
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Sol Lewitt makes them, Christian Boltanski does too. And Hamish Fulton, Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long, Ulises Carrión, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol. And many, many more. Examining the phenomenon of artist's books, Cover to Cover looks at the history of these bound objects within the context of art history. Concentrating particularly on artist's books created during the heyday of conceptual art, this volume describes the leading motives of publishers, collectors, and buyers, pinpointing to what extent artist's books and catalogs are distinct from one another, and why one genre increasingly contains references to the other. In his essay, Rob Perrée considers issues of presentation and offers a prediction about the future of the artist's book. Published in conjunction...


Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde: Aspects of a Philosophy of Difference
Andrew E. Benjamin
0415066271
August 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde explores the relationship between art and philosophy. Andrew Benjamin argues for a reworking of the task of philosophy in terms of the centrality of ontology. It is in relation to this centrality, understood through the differences between modes of being, that art, mimesis, and the avant-garde come to be presented.

A fundamental part of this book is the original interpretations of important contemporary painters and their themes: Lucian Freud's self-portraits, Francis Bacon's use of mirrors, R. B. Kitaj and Jewish identity, Anselm Kiefer and iconoclasm. Apart from painting, Benjamin considers architecture, literature, and the philosophical writings of Walter Benjamin and Descartes in elaborating the various aspects of ontological difference. Benjamin...


Anselm Kiefer Heaven and Earth
Anselm Kiefer
3791333879
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
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,...


Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde: Aspects of a Philosophy of Difference
Andrew E. Benjamin
0415060478
September 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde explores the relationship between art and philosophy. Andrew Benjamin argues for a reworking of the task of philosophy in terms of the centrality of ontology. It is in relation to this centrality, understood through the differences between modes of being, that art, mimesis, and the avant-garde come to be presented.

A fundamental part of this book is the original interpretations of important contemporary painters and their themes: Lucian Freud's self-portraits, Francis Bacon's use of mirrors, R. B. Kitaj and Jewish identity, Anselm Kiefer and iconoclasm. Apart from painting, Benjamin considers architecture, literature, and the philosophical writings of Walter Benjamin and Descartes in elaborating the various aspects of ontological difference. Benjamin...


Confronting Identities in German Art: Myths, Reactions, Reflections
Reinhold Heller
0935573364
October 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
What does it mean to be German? Recent answers to this question have ranged from the general ("Germans are always the other") to the analytic ("They are a multiple identity with a constant wish for redefinition"). The catalogue for Confronting Identities in German Art--an exhibition to run at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art from October, 2002 to January, 2003--turns to art works, artists, and their audiences to explore how Germans of the past two centuries have confronted issues of identity, both individual and collective. Focusing on the Smart Museum's rich holdings of German art and a significant selection of important loans, it examines the complex interweaving of subjective identities from the period of Caspar David Friedrich to that of Anselm Kiefer. Thematic essays come together with a select...


Merkaba
Anselm Kiefer
8881585553
Sept 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
According to the Kabbala, the Merkaba and Hechaloth literature deals specifically with the ascent to the seven heavenly palaces or temples, which represent the seven attainments of divine spirituality. Kiefer's spiritual architecture of the heavenly palaces bring the seas and land, heavens and earth back together. His poetry of images unites NASA's cosmological ordering of the stars with the mystical ordering of the ascent. Essay by Harold Bloom.~Foreword by St. John Perse.~Introduction by Ealan Wingate. Hardcover, 10.75 x 12.25 in./120 pgs / 60 color 0 BW13 duotone 0 ~ Item D20138 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


German Art Now
Cornelia Jan Homburg
1858942357
October 2003
Hardcover
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