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In the Beginning: Anselm Kiefer & Photography

Jean de Loisy, Sebastien Delot, Heiner Bastian, Christian Weikop


The first book to consider Kiefer’s photography and use of photographs in his wider artistic practice

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Known for his monumental painting and installations, the internationally celebrated artist Anselm Kiefer's works are marked by a constant questioning of history and collective memory. Born in Germany two months before the Nazi capitulation in 1945, Kiefer's reflections on post-war identity, loss, and shared experience, nourished by myths and literature, create an unparalleled breadth of imagery.

The use of photography as both practice and source material is a little-known aspect of Kiefer’s art that has played a central role throughout his career. This book presents over 130 works charting the artist's relationship with photography, and his investigations into what images reveal.

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'In the Beginning celebrates Anselm Kiefer’s towering legacy ... With its astute research and new visual documentation, this seminal work invites readers to embark on an enlightening journey where the boundaries between past and present blur, and the deep resonance of Kiefer’s artistry reverberates'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 29 February 2024

ISBN: 9780500298060

About the Author

Heiner Bastian is a writer and exhibition curator. Sébastien Delot is Collections Director at Musée Picasso Paris, and former Curatorial Director of LaM, Lille. Jean de Loisy is an art historian and independent exhibition curator. Grégoire Prangé is Curator at LaM, Lille. Christian Weikop is Professor of Modern and Contemporary German Art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.