Jewish Art in America: An Introduction

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Art - 253 pages
In this first book-length study of Jewish art in America, Matthew Baigell explores works from the early settlers of America to the present. It concentrates on exploring and examining Jewish subject matter employed by artists as they illustrated aspects of their religious and ethnic heritage and as they responded to major events over the decades, including the Great Migration, the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the dispersal of Jewish artists around the country and the rise of feminism and spiritualism in the late-twentieth century. Subjects include genre scenes of 'the Jewish street, ' religious and spiritual themes derived from the Bible and the Kabbalah, and images that record the artists' participation in and witnessing of major events in their lifetimes. The author also considers the often asked questions: Is there a Jewish art? and, Is there a single Jewish Experience?
 

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Contents

Until 1920 Preliminaries and Beginnings
1
The 1920s Settling In
27
The 1930s Social Issues
43
The 1940s the Holocaust Years and After
71
The 1950s and After the Older Generation
105
The 1950s and After the Younger Generation
129
The 1970s and After Representative Figures
147
The 1970s and After Later Holocaust Responses
169
The 1970s and After Spiritualism
189
The 1970s and After Feminism
213
Conclusion
227
Works Cited
233
Index
237
About the Author
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Matthew Baigell is professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University.

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