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Anselm Kiefer

Daniel Arasse


A major monograph of one of the most important and controversial artists at work in the world today


Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) is one of the most important and controversial artists at work in the world today. Through such diverse mediums as painting, photography, artist’s books, installations and sculpture, he has interpreted the great political and cultural issues at the heart of the modern European sensibility: the connections among memory, history and mythology; war; the Holocaust; and ethnic and national identity. In this extensively illustrated volume, available again in a new, compact format, Arasse analyses Kiefer’s education, influences, philosophy and art, while demonstrating the unity and continuity of his work. Arasse takes as his starting point the 1980 Venice Biennale, a key moment in the artist’s career that marked the birth of both his international reputation and the controversy over the ‘Germanness’ of his work. Organized both chronologically and according to the artist’s recurrent motifs, the book’s approximately 250 full-colour images trace Kiefer’s creative evolution, and present his great themes in their full scope and power.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 23.1 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 344 pp

Illustrations: 409

Publication date: 29 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500291610

Contents List

Contents • Labyrinth • Venice, 1980 • Books I • Arts of Memory • Palettes • Acts of Mourning • Books II • Repositioning • Lead Threads of Time • ‘Something Raw’ • Notes • Bibliography • Index of Illustrations • Biography and Exhibitions • Selected Publications

About the Author

Daniel Arasse (1944–2003) taught art history at the Sorbonne and was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He published widely on the history of painting, including studies of Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

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