The accompanying title to the British Museum exhibition, Germany Divided: Baselitz and his generation, 6 February – 31 August 2014, at the special Museum price of £30 (RRP £35).
This hardback art history title showcases a selection of works from six artists who re-defined art in Germany in the second half of the twentieth century; Georg Baselitz, Marcus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. The majority of the works are published here for the first time.
In-depth biographical essays on each artist show how the division of Germany into separate states affected their work; and the importance of the experience of migration from East to West.
The new consumer culture in the West contrasted starkly with the planned economy of the East. Artists on both side of the Wall were faced with the difficult emotional task of negotiating with the past; not only the recent history of the Third Reich, but the ‘lost’ traditions of German painting from which they had been cut adrift.
Germany Divided explores the work of these artists in the broader historical context of Germany and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, and shows how these debates placed crucial emphasis on the creation and display of art.
Beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned new photography, this title is an essential volume for art historians, collectors, and enthusiasts.
About the author
John-Paul Stonard is an art historian and critic specialising in twentieth-century art. His publications include Fault Lines. Art in Germany 1945– 55 (2007) and, as editor and contributor, The Books that Shaped Art History (2013). He is a regular contributor to The Burlington Magazine, Artforum and the Times Literary Supplement.