The Exile of George Grosz examines the life and work of George Grosz after he fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and sought to re-establish his artistic career under changed circumstances in New York. It situates his art within the cultural politics of German exile in the United States during World War II and the Cold War.
Barbara McCloskey explores how Grosz’s art illuminates the changing cultural politics of exile. The terms on which German exile helped to define both the limits and possibilities of American visions of a one world order are explored. This book presents Grosz’s work in relation to that of other prominent figures, including Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, as the exile community agonized over its measure of responsibility for the Nazi atrocities. Grosz’s interactions with the American art world - his historical allegories, self-portraits, and other works - are analyzed as confrontational responses to the New York art world’s consolidating consensus around Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism during and after World War II.
- 272 pages, 8 x 10 x 0.8 in.