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Revolutionary Beauty

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Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction: Photomontage, Paradigm of the Modern 1. The Subject in Circulation 2. Photomontage in the Age of Technological Reproducibility 3. Photomontage in the Year 1932 4. Left-Wing Laughter 5. Revolutionary Beauty Epilogue: To Gratify a Wish Notes Selected Bibliography List of Illustrations Index

About the Author

Sabine Kriebel is Lecturer (permanent), Modern and Contemporary Art, at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland. She completed her PhD in 2003 at UC Berkeley.


"John Heartfield (1891-1968) was one of the most significant visual artists of the twentieth century. Sabine T. Kriebel's sophisticated study contributes enormously to our understanding of how and why." -- Peter Chametzky American Historical Review "Kriebel is intently concerned with the poetics of the photographic image, but this should not imply that her focus is only on the immanent qualities of Heartfield's montages. There is also a rigorous interrogation of the political and material stakes for photography and a keen alertness to the importance of laughter and the comic at the root of these works. The challenges of writing about these alone are considerable and Kriebel's long-awaited book admirably rises to the task." -- Debbie Lewer History of Photography Revolutionary Beauty covers an extraordinary amount of ground in order to situate Heartfield as an historical producer... This remarkable amalgamation of broadly historicizing and deeply analytical reconsiderations of relatively iconic things is the great strength of this book." -- James A. van Dyke Oxford Art Journal

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