Critical Kitaj: Barber Institute’s Critical Perspectives in Art History
Artist(s): R.B. Kitaj
Author(s): James Aulich & John Lynch
Year published: 2000
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publisher Location: Manchester
Total Pages: 256
Kitaj is a major figure on the post-war international art scene. His retrospective at the Tate in 1994 generated argument and discussion. In over 30 years as a successful artist, he has explored the relationship between the visual and the poetic, taken references from high literature and popular culture, represented heroic figures and struggled to develop an iconography of post-Holocaust Jewish identity. This set of essays bring together a range of critical approaches to different aspects of his work, including his painting, print-making and film-making. The book seeks to enable the reader to understand the complexities of his work and also encourages them to re-consider established readings of Kitaj.