JEWISH METAPHYSICS AS GENERATIVE PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN ART

by Daniel Rothbart with an Introduction by Enrico Pedrini

Rothbart traces the influence of Judaism and Jewish metaphysics on the development of American art, beginning with Abstract Expressionism and arriving at the Conceptual Art of the 1960's. He suggests that the affinity between Jewish artists, critics and collectors, and the new abstract art, was at some level conditioned by the second commandment of the Decalogue, which forbids the making of idolatrous images. He also discusses Jewish mysticism or "cabbala," its themes, imagery, and symbols, which manifest themselves in American art. Published in a bilingual English/ Italian edition by Ulisse e Calipso in Naples in 1994. The book can be purchased retail or wholesale from Printed Matter at (212) 925-0325.