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Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope

Frauke V. Josenhans
With essays by Marijeta Bozovic, Joseph Leo Koerner, and Megan R. Luke

2018 Silver Medal, Fine Art Books, Independent Publisher Book Awards

This timely book offers a wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated study of exiled artists from the 19th century through the present day, with notable attention to individuals who have often been relegated to the margins of publications on exile in art history. The artworks featured here, including photography, paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, present an expanded view of the conditions of exile—forced or voluntary—as an agent for both trauma and ingenuity.

The introduction outlines the history and perception of exile in art over the last 200 years, and the book’s four sections explore its aesthetic impact through the themes of home and mobility, nostalgia, transfer and adjustment, and identity. Essays and catalogue entries in each section showcase diverse artists, including not only European ones—like Jacques-Louis David, Paul Gauguin, George Grosz, and Kurt Schwitters—but also female, African American, East Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Harold Cousins, Mona Hatoum, Lotte Jacobi, An-My Lê, Matta, Ana Mendieta, Abelardo Morell, Mu Xin, and Shirin Neshat.

272 pages / 8 x 10 1/2 inches / 174 color and 5 black-and-white illustrations / Distributed by Yale University Press / 2017
  • Paperback ISBN 978-0-300-22570-9
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