Item description for My Grandparents, My Parents and I: Jewish Art and Culture by Edward Van Voolen...
In this beautifully illustrated book, Rabbi and art historian Edward van Voolen has brought together numerous works that expand our view of Jewish life and art. Organized in a loosely chronological order, this book introduces readers to works that reflect the dramatic events of the past and explore the eternal search for Jewish identity. He points out the Jewish aspects of works by predominantly nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists such as Modigliani, Pissarro and Frida Kahlo, among others, and discusses these themes within the paintings of Barnett Newman and the sculpture of Richard Serra. His accompanying text explores the connection between Judaism and art and culture, helping readers approach familiar images through a new and exciting perspective.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 9.6" Height: 1" Weight: 3.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher Prestel Publishing
ISBN 3791333623 ISBN13 9783791333625
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Well Illustrated Introduction to Jewish Art & Culture Is Selective, But Delves Deep Jan 14, 2008
It is a pleasure to recommend this new book by Edward van Voolen, curator at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. The book is not a survey of "Jewish Art," or Art by or for Jews, but is rather a personal selection of interesting works of many places and times, and in a variety of media. Not all the objects and works are by Jewish artists, and not all work by Jews has a obvious Jewish connection. But van Voolen digs deep, and in a series of short clear essays (which can be read separately or in series) he uses these works to explore a wide range of issues about why, when and how Jews have made art, and what art has been made for Jewish use. All readers should find this useful, and those interested in art and history - and of course Judaism - will be intrigued. Almost half to book deals with art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the author is particularly good in letting us see many of these works - which at first glance have little or no Jewish content or purpose - in a new way. Looking at art through a Jewish lens is hardly the only way many of these works should be viewed, but it is a valid way. And van Voolen's clear prose, and his considerate explanations tie together many seemingly disparate works into a coherent collection. In the end the book has the value of a serious survey, but the freshness of an unexpected exhibtion catalogue. And since van Voolen is so used to making exhibitions for non-Jews at the Amsterdam Museum, his approach is instructive for all levels of readers. I learned something on every page, and I'm having my students read parts of this book, too. I can't wait until it is in paperback so I can require more of them to buy it and keep it! Many people will value the book for the quality of the illustrations alone. Like so many art books published by the German publishing house Prestel, the book is well designed and easy to use...no fuss, no design tricks, no distracting typography. I highly recommend this!
Samuel D. Gruber President, International Survey of Jewish Monuments
author of Synagogues (Metrobooks, 1999), American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community (Rizzoli, 2003), and other publications.