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The Resource Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950

Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950

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Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950
Title
Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Through an exploration of the reception of modernist painting, Yule Heibel discusses how West German artists, intellectuals, and audiences attempted to fashion a secure "image of man" in the wake of the most serious and radical crisis in modern history: Nazism and the Holocaust. In the period from 1945 to about 1950, expressive and "unbeautiful" elements in abstract painting were discursively and practically purged, mainly because expression was a reminder of dangerous and traumatized subjectivity. This purging resulted in a hegemony of "harmonious" abstract art, which critics to date have viewed primarily as a decorative art and thus an avoidance of Germany's twentieth-century history. Until now, no one has analyzed the discursive maneuvers of the late 1940s that encouraged painting to develop in this way. Focusing on political, aesthetic, and theoretical issues, this book is an inquiry into the instability of subjectivity in Germany and its implications for the development of abstract painting. Drawing on the critical theory of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Heibel addresses such topics as the politicization of expression in light of Cold War rhetoric, the liberal model of social management of violence, and the U.S. contribution to postwar reconstruction and its relation to individualism. Key figures include painters E.W. Nay, Willi Baumeister, Theodor Werner, Fritz Winter, Werner Heldt, and Carl Hofer, and the critic Will Grohmann
Cataloging source
UkLiU
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1956-
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Heibel, Yule F.
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Painting, Abstract
  • Painting, German
  • Painting, Modern
Label
Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Subjects and Objects -- Ch. I. First Voices, Initial Assessments: 1945 to 1949 -- Ch. II. The Marginalization of Expression -- Ch. III. Agendas for Re-Engaging the West -- Ch. IV. Toward the Social Management of Violence
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 207 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691036465
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Label
Reconstructing the subject: modernist painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Subjects and Objects -- Ch. I. First Voices, Initial Assessments: 1945 to 1949 -- Ch. II. The Marginalization of Expression -- Ch. III. Agendas for Re-Engaging the West -- Ch. IV. Toward the Social Management of Violence
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 207 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691036465
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)

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