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Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art : Beckmann to Beuys - Peter Chametzky

Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art

Beckmann to Beuys

Hardcover Published: 19th November 2010
ISBN: 9780520260429
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book provides a stimulating overview of twentieth-century German art, focusing on some of the period's key works by Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, Willi Baumeister, Arno Breker, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Richter. In Peter Chametzky's innovative approach, these works become representatives rather than representations of twentieth-century history. That is, the art here does not simply illustrate an argument, the art is the argument. Chametzky draws on both scholarly and popular sources to demonstrate how the works (and in some cases, the artists themselves) interacted with, and even enacted, historical events, processes, and ideas. He asserts the continued historical role of material art works in an era when less material forms--photography, film, television, video, digital images--have assumed the function of visually depicting contemporary history.

"An interesting theoretical analysis of German art. Its sources and documentation are abundant. Chametzky's knowledge of German art is impressive." -- Yves Laberge German Studies Review "Recommended." Choice "Compelling... [Chametzky includes] appropriate critical/theoretical and cultural/historical background throughout." -- Shelley Cordulack, Millikin University European Legacy

ISBN: 9780520260429
ISBN-10: 0520260422
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19th November 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.7 x 18.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.94

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