Holz Presents Keynote

Keith Holz, WIU Associate Professor of Art

Keith Holz, WIU Associate Professor of Art

Keith Holz, Associate Professor, Department of Art gave the keynote lecture for ‘The Great German Art Exhibitions 1937– 1944/45. International Conference on the Release of the Research Platform “Great German Art Research.” Die Großen Deutschen Kunstausstellungen 1937–1944/45. International Tagung zur Freischaltung der Forschungsplattform “GDK Research”

The conference was sponsored by the Central Institute for the History of Art, Munich [Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München] in cooperation with the Haus der Kunst, München. Holz´s lecture was entitled: “International responses to the Great German Art Exhibitions: the birth of the historiography of National Socialist Art?”

The conference was held at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte as well as at the Haus der Kunst, in Munich, on October 20-21, 2001. The conference featured new research by leading scholars of the art of Nazi Germany, and was opened and introduced to the large public in attendance by the new Artistic Director of the Haus der Kunst, Okwui Enwezor.

From the program book:

Keith Holz, Macomb, IL
International responses to the Great German Art Exhibitions: the birth of the historiography of National Socialist Art?

Abendvortrag im Rahmen der Tagung “Die Großen Deutschen Kunstausstellungen 1937-1944/45″ am Freitag, 21. Oktober 2011, 18 Uhr c.t.
Nördlicher Lichthof, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10 (vormals Meiserstraße), 80333 München

Overshadowed by the Entartete Kunst campaign and the fate of modernist art, little discussion in the presses of democratic lands was devoted to the Great German Art Exhibitions. The published discussion on these exhibitions was often characterized by knee-jerk derision and dismissal as Western writers usually portrayed the exhibitions clouded in taboos, and approached with ridicule or caricature. Other times, however, conservative critics in the West concurred with aspects of the new National Socialist art as viewed at the Great German Art exhibitions and reflected upon the consequences of their agreement with Hitler. Rarely did writers in the democracies offer critical, analytical and descriptive assessments of the Great German Art Exhibitions. Curiously, these initial responses often outpace the insights of latter-day art writers (e.g. Rave, Lehmann-Haupt, Brenner). This paper examines publications from Prague to Chicago, and Paris to York, to compare the relationship of these critical responses to the earliest historiography of Nazi art.

Ph.D. Keith Holz
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Art History, Western Illinois University – Macomb, is recipient of fellowships from the Getty Center, IREX, the Fulbright, and DAAD. His publications examine public representations of modern German art during the Nazi years in the democracies. His new research addresses the roles of visual art in German foreign relations 1914–1950, and includes Placing Kokoschka, Kokoschka and Place. Publications include: Modern German Art for Thirties Paris, Prague, and London (2004); ‘The Politics of Mobility and Mutilation in Kokoschka’s Exile Years (1934-1949)’, in “Spur im Treibsand” – Oskar Kokoschka neu gesehen, ed. Régine Bonnefoit (Petersberg, Imhof, 2010).

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