Next Year in Jerusalem (1st Edition)
2010, 1st Edition
Texts by Marina Warner and Anselm Kiefer
11 1/4 x 14 inches (28.6 x 35.6 cm); 216 pages; fully illustrated
Designed by Peter Willberg, London; Printed by Beacon Press, Uckfield
Weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz.
"Anselm Kiefer: Next Year in Jerusalem" was the artist's first exhibition in New York since 2002. Kiefer transformed the space into a labyrinth of glass and steel vitrines, some more than twenty feet high. Each vitrine is a tableau of organic and inorganic material -- cotton dresses, bushes, an airplane fuselage, film spools, and burned books. In large landscape paintings hung around the perimeter of the gallery, Kiefer layers ash, lead, snakeskin and other distressed materials, merging them with iconic German landscapes of mountains, sea, and forest. By constructing elaborate scenographies that fuse art and literature, painting and sculpture, Kiefer engages the complex events of history, the ancestral epics of life, death, and the cosmos. The lavishly illustrated catalogue features an essay by cultural historian and novelist Marina Warner and Anselm Kiefer's own writings.