Modern Jewish Art

Definitions, Problems, and Opportunities

In: Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and the Arts
View More View Less
  • 1 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Abstract

In Modern Jewish Art: Definitions, Problems, and Opportunities, Ori Z. Soltes considers both the emerging and evolving discussion on and the expanding array of practitioners of ‘Jewish art’ in the past two hundred years. He notes the developing problem of how to define ‘Judaism’ in the 19th century—as a religion, a culture, a race, a nation, a people—and thus the complications for placing ‘Jewish art’ under the extended umbrella of ‘religion and the arts.’ The fluidity with which one must engage the subject is reflected in the broadening conceptual and visual vocabulary, the extended range of subject foci and media, and the increasingly rich analytical approaches to the subject that have surfaced particularly in the past fifty years. Well-known and little-known artists are included in a far-ranging discussion of painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation art, ceremonial objects, and works that blur the boundaries between categories.

  • Aber, Ita. 1979. The Art of Judaic Needlework: Traditional and Contemporary Designs (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons).

  • Alexenberg, Mel. 2008. Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Four Essays on Judaism and Contemporary Art (in Hebrew; Jerusalem: Rubin Mass House).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Alexenberg, Mel. 2011. The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic Art to Hebraic Consciousness (Bristol, UK: Intellect Books; and Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Amishai-Maisels, Ziva. 1978. “Chagall’s Jewish In-Jokes,Journal of Jewish Art 5, 7693.

  • Amishai-Maisels, Ziva. 1987. “Ben Shahn and the Problem of Jewish Identity,Journal of Jewish Art 12–13 (double issue), 304319.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Amishai-Maisels, Ziva. 1991. “Chagall’s White Crucifixion,” in Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 17.2, 138153.

  • Amishai-Maisels, Ziva. 1993. Depiction and Interpretation: The Influence of the Holocaust on the Visual Arts (Oxford: Pergamon Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Ashton, Dore. 1972. The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning (New York: Penguin Books).

  • Baigel, Matthew. 1997. Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press).

  • Baigel, Matthew. 2002. Jewish Artists in New York: The Holocaust Years. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press).

  • Baigel, Matthew. 2006. American Artists, Jewish Images. (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press).

  • Baigel, Matthew. 2007. Jewish Art in America: An Introduction. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield).

  • Baigel, Matthew. 2015. Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American Art, 1880–1940 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Baigel, Matthew and Milly Heyd, eds. 2001. Complex Identities: Jewish Consciousness and Modern Art. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Baskind, Samantha. 2004. Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press).

  • Baskind, Samantha. 2014. Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Baskind, Samantha & Larry Silver. 2011. Jewish Art: A Modern History. (London: Reaktion Books).

  • Baskind, Samantha & Ranen Omer-Sherman, eds. 2008. The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bedoire, Fredric. 2004. The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture, 1830–1930 (New York: Ktav Publishers).

  • Berger, Eva, et al. 1997. Felix Nussbaum: Art Defamed, Art in Exile, art in Resistance (New York: The Overlook Press).

  • Bilski, Emily. 1999. Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Metropolis (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

  • Bland, Kalman. 2000. The Artless Jew: Medieval and Modern Affirmations and Denials of the Visual (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Blatter, Janet & Sybil Milton. 1981. Art of the Holocaust (New York: Rutledge Press).

  • Bonanos, Christopher. 2018. Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous (New York: Henry Holt).

  • Braiterman, Zachary. 2007. The Shape of Revelation: Aesthetics and Modern Jewish Thought (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press).

  • Bronstein, Leo. 1980. Kabbalah and Art (Hanover: Brandeis University Press).

  • Chicago, Judy. 1993. Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light (with Photography by Donald Woodman), (New York: Penguin Books).

  • Cohen, Elisheva. 1983. Moritz Oppenheim: The First Jewish Painter (Jerusalem: Israel Museum exhibition catalogue).

  • Cohen, Richard I. 1988. Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe (Berkeley: University of California Press).

  • Czarnecki, Joseph P. 1989. Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz (New York: Atheneum Books).

  • Eisenman, Peter. 2005. Holocaust Memorial Berlin (Zurich: Lars Mueller Publishers).

  • Ezekiel, Moses Jacob. 1975. Memoirs from the Baths of Diocletian, ed. Joseph Gutmann& Stanley F. Chyet. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Fuhrer, Ronald. 1998. Israeli Painting from Post-Impressionism to Post-Zionism (Woodstock: The Overlook Press).

  • Gabriel, Ruth Apter. 1987. Tradition and Revolution: The Jewish Renaissance in Russian Avant-Garde Art, 1912–1928 (Jerusalem: Israel Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Geis, Deborah, ed. 2003. Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman’s Survivor’s Tale of the Holocaust. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Gilbert, Barbara C. 1995. Henry Mosler Rediscovered: A Nineteenth-Century Jewish- American Art. (Los Angeles: Skirball Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Glants, Musya. 2010. Where is My Home? The Art and Life of the Russian-Jewish Sculptor Mark Antokolsky (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books).

  • Godfrey, Mark. 2007. Abstraction and the Holocaust. (New Haven: Yale University Press)

  • Goodman, Susan Tumarkin, ed. 1996. Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change 1890–1990. (Munich: Prestel Verlag and New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Goodman, Susan Tumarkin. 1998. After Rabin: New Artists from Israel (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

  • Goodman, Susan Tumarkin. 2001. The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth- Century Europe (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Goodman, Susan Tumarkin. 2007. Dateline: Israel. New Photography and Video Art (New Haven: Yale University Press; Jewish Museum, NY exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Grossman, Grace Cohen. 1995. Jewish Art (New York: Beaux Arts Publications).

  • Harshav, Benjamin. 2006. Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World (New York: Rizzoli).

  • Hornstein, Shelley, et al., eds. 2003. Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust. (New York: New York University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Julius, Anthony. 2001. Idolizing Pictures: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Jewish Art (New York: Thames & Hudson).

  • Kampf, Avram. 1990. Chagall to Kitaj: Jewish Experience in 20th Century Art (New York: Praeger Publishers).

  • Kayser, Stephen S. 1953. “Defining Jewish Art,” in Mordecai M. Kaplan Jubilee Volume, M. Davis, ed. (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America) 457, 459.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kayser, Stephen S. ed. 1955. Jewish Ceremonial Art: A Guide to the Appreciation of the Art Objects Used in Synagogue and Home (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara and Jonathan Karp, eds. 2007. The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kitaj, R.B. 1989. First Diaspora Manifesto (London: Thames & Hudson).

  • Kleeblatt, Norman, ed. 1996. Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Jewish Identities (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

  • Kleeblatt, Norman, ed. 2001. Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

  • Kleeblatt, Norman & Susan Chevlowe, eds. 1991. Painting a Place in America: Jewish Artists in New York 1900–1945 (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kochan, Lionel. 1997. Beyond the Graven Image: A Jewish View (New York: New York University Press).

  • Kochan, Lionel. 1997. “The Unfinished and the Idol: Toward a Theory of Jewish Aesthetics,” in Modern Judaism 17, no. 2, 125131.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Landsberger, Franz. 1946. A History of Jewish Art (Cincinnati: UAHC).

  • Landsberger, Franz. 1946. Rembrandt, the Jews and the Bible (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society).

  • Langer, Lawrence L. 1997. Landscapes of Jewish Experience: Painting by Samuel Bak. (Boston: Pucker Gallery).

  • McBee, Richard. 2012. “Contemporary Jewish Art: An Assessment,” in Jewish Cultural Aspirations, Ruth Weissberg, ed. (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press), 3348.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Mann, Vivian & Gordon Tucker, eds. 1985. The Seminar on Jewish Art. (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America).

  • Mendelsohn, Ezra. 2002. Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art. (Hanover: Brandeis University Press).

  • Mendelsohn, Ezra and Richard I. Cohen, eds. 1990. Art and Its Uses: The Visual Image and Modern Jewish Society. Vol 6 of Studies in Contemporary Jewry (New York: Oxford University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Moore, Claire, ed. 1993. The Visual Dimension: Aspects of Jewish Art (Boulder: Westview Press).

  • Namenyi, Ernst. 1960. The Essence of Jewish Art. NY, 1960 (London & New York: Thomas Yoseloff).

  • Nochlin, Linda and Tamar Garb, eds. 1995. The Jew in the Text: Modernity and the Construction of Identity (London: Thames and Hudson).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Ofrat, Gideon. 1998. One Hundred Years of Israeli Art (Boulder: Westview Press).

  • Olin, Margaret. 2007. The Nation Without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press).

  • Perez, Nissan. 2000. A Century of Photography in the Land of Israel (Jerusalem: Israel Museum).

  • Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz. 1959. Wooden Synagogues. (Warsaw: Arkady Press).

  • Rand, Archie. 2015. The 613 (New York: Blue Rider Press).

  • Raphael, Melissa. 2009. Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (London: Continuum).

  • Rose, Barbara. 1967. American Art Since 1900: A Critical History (New York: Praeger Publishers).

  • Rosen, Aaron. 2009. Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj. (London: Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rosenberg, Harold. July, 1966. “Is There a Jewish Art?” in Commentary Magazine, 5759.

  • Roth, Cecil, ed. 1961. Jewish Art: An Illustrated History (Tel Aviv: Massadah— P.E.C. Press).

  • Salomon, Charlotte. 1981. Life? Or Theater? An Autobiographical Play by Charlotte Salomon, trans. Leila Vennewitz (New York: Viking Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Saltzman, Lisa. 1999. Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

  • Sandler, Irving. 2008. “Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg, Convergences and Divergences,” in Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976 (New York: Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue; New Haven: Yale University Press), 119134.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Schachter, Ben. 2017. Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art (University Park: Penn State University Press).

  • Schmidt, Gilya Gerda. 2003. The Art and Artists of the Fifth Zionist Congress, 1901 (Syracuse: University of Syracuse Press).

  • Schwarz, Karl. 1949. Jewish Artists of the 19th & 20th Centuries (New York: Philosophical Library).

  • Schultz, Deborah & Edward Timms. 2009. Pictorial Narrative in the Nazi Period: Felix Nussbaum, Charlotte Salomon and Arnold Daghani. (London: Routledge Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Sed-Rajna, Gabrielle, ed. 1997. Jewish Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams).

  • Shadur, Joseph & Yehudit. 1994. Jewish Papercuts: A History and Guide. (Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes Museum and Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Shilo-Cohen, Nurit, ed. 1983. Bezalel, 1906–1929 (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum).

  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1984–1990. Tradition and Transformation: A History of Jewish Art and Architecture video course (Cleveland: Electric Shadows Production Co).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1993. Old Voices, New Faces (Soviet) Jewish Artists from the 1920s–1990s (Washington, DC: B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1993. Intimations of Immortality: The Paintings of Kitty Klaidman and Elyse Klaidman (Washington, DC: BBKNJM exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1996. “Jewish Art? Judaic Content? Representational? Abstract?” (Washington, DC: BBKNJM exhibition catalogue essay).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1996. “Here and There; Then and Now: Contemporary Artists from the Former Soviet Union” (Washington, DC: BBKNJM exhibition catalogue essay).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 1998. “Language, Art and Identity: Yiddish in Art from Chagall to Shalom of Safed,” in Leonard Greenspoon, ed., Yiddish Language and Culture Then and Now, (Studies in Jewish Civilization, Vol 9) (Omaha: Creighton University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 2001. Fixing the World: Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century (Hanover: University Press of New England).

  • Soltes, Ori Z. 2002. Jewish Artists: On the Edge (Santa Fe: Sherman Asher Publishing).

  • Soltes, Ori Z. 2003. “Komar & Melamid, Jewish Questions and Art,” in Komar & Melamid: Symbols of the Big Bang (New York: Yeshiva University Museum exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Soltes, Ori Z. 2007. The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Holocaust and the Arts (Laurel, MD: Eshel Books).

  • Soltes, Ori Z. 2017. Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture (Boulder: Canal Street Studios).

  • Soussloff, Catherine M., ed. 1999. Jewish Identity in Modern Art History (Berkeley: University of California Press).

  • Sperber, David. 2012. “Feminist Art in the Sphere of Traditional and Religious Judaism,” in Matronita: Jewish Feminist Art (Ein Harod: Mishkan Le-Omanut exhibition catalogue), 43164.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Tye, Larry. 2012. Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (New York: Random House).

  • Ungerleider-Mayerson, Joy. 1986. Jewish Folk Art from Biblical Days to Modern Times (New York: Summit Books).

  • Wigoder, Geoffrey, ed. 1972. Jewish Art and Civilization (New York: Chartwell Books).

  • Young, James E. 1993. The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning. New Haven: Yale University Press).

  • Zalkind, Simon, ed. 2005. Upstarts and Matriarchs: Jewish Women Artists and the Transformation of American Art (Denver: Mizel Center for Arts and Culture).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Zalmona, Yigal. 2013. A Century of Israeli Art (Farnham, U.K.: Lund Humphries in association with the Israel Museum; translation of 2010 Hebrew-language exhibition catalogue).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Zell, Michael. 2002. Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam. (Berkeley: University of California Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 602 446 54
Full Text Views 43 17 0
PDF Downloads 22 4 0