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The Art of Lee Waisler

Wendon, John

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ISBN 10: 023398612X / ISBN 13: 9780233986128
Published by Andre Deutsch Ltd, London, 1990
Condition: vg Hardcover
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4to. 102pp. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine in original dj. Minor scuffing to dj. Frontispiece. "When I was thirteen. I studied the photographic documentation of the German death factories. I starred at the massed mounds of dead. I searched their faces. The Holocaust necessarily became the tableau against which I projected my own life. Yet I was constrained from painting it, as though there was profanity in any attempt to transform the catastrophe into an aesthetic. Had not the Nazis (and others) subordinated the self to the Volk or the masses or the media, and thrust the world into despair? Driven by a sense of responsibility to sustain the individual, I began to work" (John Wendon). Illustrated with distinctive color reproductions of the artist's work. In near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 11685

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Title: The Art of Lee Waisler

Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd, London

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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Lee Waisler's Jewish family fled Central Europe in 1938 and settled in California. In symbolical geometrical paintings and skeletal sculptures, this Los Angeles-based artist pursues a ``recovery of reality'' in the wake of the post-Nietzschean death of God and the shadow of the Holocaust. Bent-wood forms and iconic figures, set in intensely vibrant fields of color, evoke an inner space encompassing the artist's private musings on chaos and the act of creation. Some of the semi-abstracts are about, or inspired by, the anguish of Jewish children in Nazi concentration camps, the Diaspora, the Messiah myth and the stormy relationship of Freud and Jung. British scholar Wendon's helpful notes are essential to understanding the full import of the canvases. His searching essay explores Waisler's symbolism and considers earlier works like the outdoor mobile sculpture Under the Mushroom , a protest against the nuclear threat hanging over our heads.

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