Item description for Anselm Kiefer by Germano Celant...
German artist Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important and controversial artists of the post-world war II art scene. Begining with the work he showed at the 1980 Venice Biennale, he has interpreted the great political and cultural issues at the heart of the modern European sensibility, through media as diverse as painting, photography, artist's books, installations, and sculpture. Kiefer's wildly expressive work receives all the space and fluent interpretation it demands in this superb high-quality production. The book's approximately 300 full-color images trace Kiefer's creative evolution and present his great themes in their full scope and power. The author interprets Kiefer's art as a site where distinctions between modern and postmodern senses of representation, history, cosmology, and nature become thematic. He addresses individual works and gives the historical, biographical, art-critical, and philosophical setting for each. Germano Celant is an art historian and senior curator for Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He is contributing editor to ArtForum and Interview. He is internationally acclaimed for his work on “Arte Povera”.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 12.25" Height: 12.25" Weight: 10.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 11, 2007
ISBN 8861301010 ISBN13 9788861301016
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More About Germano Celant
Germano Celant is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum. He has published extensively on Robert Mapplethorpe and the rich art historical past referenced in the photographeris work.
Reviews - What do customers think about Anselm Kiefer?
Great book. Great visionary. Jun 4, 2008
Kiefer is one of the most easily recognized contemporary artists. This book is what I would call the definitive collection. Awesome value to anyone who follows the artist.
For the illustrations alone Sep 21, 2007
An extraordinary tome, with a scale befitting the artist, his ambition and the size of his works. The reproductions are excellent, and many are necessarily spread over two pages without diminishing one's viewing pleasure. Size and fragility preclude many of Kiefer's works appearing in retrospectives, so it is remarkable that this particular overview includes a tremendous array of his unique works of art. I hesitate to use the word 'paintings', simply because Kiefer's current endeavors include a variety of materials with paint being only one component.
The text consists of a number of enlightening interviews with the artist over the years. All provide insight into the work itself and the man who makes it. For detailed analysis of the art, Daniel Arasse's monograph is a better bet. Kiefer's output is prodigious, and from year to year it is difficult for those interested to keep pace with the new work, so any and all books about this artist are welcome additions to one's library. I heartily recommend this recent addition to the catalogue. Mind you bend at the knees before lifting, and handle with care....!