This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of Anselm Kiefer, prolific contemporary German artist renown for his diverse body of work in painting, sculpture and installation
Stimulating, up-to-date and a pleasure to read, this is the perfect and indispensable introduction to Kiefer and his work.
Anselm Kiefer (b.1945) played a major role in shaping the landscape of post-war German art. His vision encompasses philosophy, history and literature – ranging from intimate books that explore German identity to monumental public sculpture installations. Conceptually, Kiefer urges viewers to challenge narratives of war, identity, religion, morality, memory and history. Visually, his paintings ooze physical tactility, incorporating such organic matter as straw and sand, so his canvases become sculptural and affective.
Size: 245 x 172 mm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 120 illustrations
Matthew Biro is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. An expert in twentieth-century art, he is the author of Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1998), and has also published in Art History and Artforum.
Contents and Sections:
A painter from Germany
Focus 1 - Wooden Interiors
Focus 2 - The burning of the rural district of Buchen
Focus 3 - Interior
The breakthroughs and successes of the 1980s
First decade in France
Focus 4 - La Ribaute: A total work of art
Alchemy and mysticism
Focus 5 - Pyramid paintings
Focus 6 - Catholicism and Judaism
A global artist
Focus 7 - New forms of the book
Focus 8 - Chlebnikov
List of works