Matthew Baigell’s JEWISH IDENTITY IN AMERICAN ART: A GOLDEN AGE SINCE THE 1970’S


The Syracuse University Press will be publishing Jewish Identity in American ArtA Golden Age since the 1970s  by Jewish Art Salon Founding Member and Advisor Matthew Baigell this spring.

An exploration for the first-time in book form of Jewish-themed works by the generation of artists born between 1930 and 1960.

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“This important book deals in-depth with a previously overlooked aspect of American Jewish art, the generation born after 1930 who usually saw themselves as secular Americans. The stories of their return to Jewish sources from the 1970s on and the various reasons for it make for fascinating reading that is instructive for developments today.”—Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Professor Emerita, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Matthew Baigell has synthesized an important body of research and come up with a scintillating volume. A masterful work, indeed!”—Ori Z. Soltes, Georgetown University

“Written by a distinguished scholar of American art, this book reveals how eleven male and female contemporary Jewish-American artists combined their American individualism with their Jewish heritage. Chapters on Jewish female artists and on Jewish feminist art are especially a must-read.”—Donald Kuspit, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Matthew Baigell is professor emeritus in the department of art history at Rutgers University. He is the author, editor, and coeditor of over twenty books on American and Jewish American art. His most recent book is The Implacable Urge to Defame: Cartoon Jews in the American Press, 1877–1935.

8.5 x 11, 264 pages, 7 black and white, 84 color illustrations

Subjects: Jewish studies, art and art history

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Cover image by JAS member Brian Shapiro.

One comment

  1. I am waiting on pins and needles. I am so excited and happy to be included in this brave a beautiful. Book. Thank you Matthew, from the bottom of my heart!! Thank you also my peers in the book , who are damned good and challenge expectations and stereotypes! It is time that the mainstream paradigm concerning Jewish Art changes. This book is a sounding shot. Thank you again for being smart, brave and humble.

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