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Anselm Kiefer

A Monograph

Dominique Baqué

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A monograph that examines the foundation of Kiefer’s work: memory and our response to it

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Nordic and Germanic mythologies, Jewish mysticism, the cosmos, the legends of the ancient world, links between heaven and earth, men and the gods, transmutation, the role of the human body: all of these lie at the heart of Anselm Kiefer’s thought. This, the first major monograph on Kiefer, uses thematic and chronological approaches to explore the many facets of his work.

Daniel Arasse takes as a starting point the 1980 Venice Biennale, a key moment in the artist’s career as it marked the birth of both his international reputation and the controversy over the ‘Germanness’ of his work. The author delves into the central themes of Kiefer’s art and their evolution. Interspersed with the main discussion are sub-chapters that shed new light on the fabric and subject of Kiefer’s art by examining his favourite motifs and the ways that they have mutated. By examining his influences, style and recurring motifs, Daniel Arasse highlights Kiefer’s rich culture and his philosophical and artistic practice,while demonstrating the unity and continuity in his work.

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'Magnificently illustrated and extremely thought-provoking … I can recommend this book as the best one I’ve read in the past year because it addresses a difficult body of work in a highly intelligent and thoughtful way'
The Art Newspaper

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 31.0 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 18 January 2016

ISBN: 9780500093993

Contents List

Introduction • I. Constructing and deconstructing paint • II. Painting after Auschwitz • III. Reviving the myth • IV. The work of Kiefer, daughter of Lilith • V. Celebrating Women of anger and revolt • VI. Shares Books: the Concept at Work • VII. Photographs and Film: between art and paper • VIII. Cycles and Spirals, Sediment and Palimpsests

About the Author

An art historian and critic and a lecturer at the University of Paris VIII, Dominique Baqué writes widely on art and photography. She is the author of a number of books on those subjects.

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