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Out of the Darkness: Creating New Contexts of Meaning in Anselm Kiefer's Citation of Nazi History

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Title: Out of the Darkness: Creating New Contexts of Meaning in Anselm Kiefer's Citation of Nazi History
Author: Gasbarrino, Alexandra
Department: School of Fine Art and Music
Program: Art History and Visual Culture
Advisor: Boetzkes, Amanda
Abstract: Anselm Kiefer (1945-) is a German artist who has seemingly attracted more attention than almost any other artist of his generation. Many of his largescale paintings address Germany’s Nazi past. While a large degree of literature already exists on Kiefer’s oeuvre, this thesis explores his photographic series Occupations (1969), a page from his book Heroic Symbols (1969), and paintings Ways of Worldly Wisdom (1978) and Nero Paints (1974). It is through an analysis of these specific images that I address the main concepts of performativity, citation, and allegory; arguing for the efficacy of Kiefer’s art and its intervention on the visual and semiotic infrastructure of the Nazi past.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10410
Date: 2017-04
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