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Art and War

by Laura Brandon

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criticism & theory
list price: $32
also available: Hardcover
category: Art
published: 2007
publisher: I.B. Tauris
imprint: I. B. Tauris

This is a truly encyclopaedic survey of artists' responses - both "official" and personal - to "the horrors of war." Art and War reveals the sheer diversity of artists' portrayals of this most devastating aspect of the human condition - from the "heroic" paintings of Benjamin West and of John Singer Sargent to brutal and iconic works by artists from Goya to Picasso, and the equally oppositional work of Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and others who reacted with fury to the Vietnam War. Particular attention is paid to work produced in response to the First and Second World Wars and to more recent art and memorial work by artists as diverse as Barbara Kruger, Alfredo Jarr and Maya Lin. The book looks finally to the reactions of contemporary artists such as Langlands and Bell to the US invasion in 2001 of Afghanistan and the War in Iraq.

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Laura Brandon is Curator of War Art for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Her books include Art or Memorial?: The Forgotten History of Canada's War Art (University of Calgary Press).

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Laura Brandon

Laura Brandon is the curator of War Art at the Canadian War Museum. She has written widely on Canadian art over the past twenty-five years and is curator of the upcoming retrospective exhibition Pegi Nicol MacLeod: A Life in Art.
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