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Anselm Kiefer


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


Matthew Biro


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  • Stimulating, up-to-date and a pleasure to read, this is the perfect and indispensable introduction to Kiefer and his work
  • 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
  • Covers the full span of the artist’s work, exploring its origins, development, style, themes, meanings and media

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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 245 x 172 mm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 120 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714861432

 

 
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:

Investigating identity
A painter from Germany

Focus 1 - Wooden Interiors
Confronting history
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
Chronology
Further reading
List of works


 

 
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