An exploration for the first-time in book form of Jewish-themed works by the generation of artists born between 1930 and 1960.
“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
Cover image by JAS member Brian Shapiro.