Exhibition Catalog

Cilly Kugelmann, Eckart Gillen, Hubertus Gaßner (eds.),
Obsessions. R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007)

Essays by Tracy Bartley, Inka Bertz, Edward Chaney, Martin Roman Deppner, Michal Friedlander, Eckhart Gillen, Cilly Kugelmann und Richard Morphet, David N. Myers

"Obsessions. R.B. Kitaj" - catalog cover
"Obsessions. R.B. Kitaj" - catalog cover

264 pages
Hardcover with halflinen
With colored illustrations and 5 fold-out pages
Published by Kerber Verlag Bielefeld/Berlin
Retail price (at the museum shop): 34 euros
Regular bookstore price: 48 euros

ISBN: 978-3-86678-731-5 (English edition)
ISBN: 978-3-86678-697-4 (German edition)

About the Book

R.B. Kitaj is one of the most interesting and significant artists of the twentieth century and the subject of the Jewish Museum Berlin's first retrospective in 14 years. Drawing for the first time on R.B. Kitaj's extensive personal archive and estate, the exhibition presents an objective overview of the artist's œuvre independent of his quirks.

The book accompanying the exhibition depicts colored images of the 130 exhibited works as well as numerous pictures and documents from the estate which reveal Kitaj's influences and working process.
Five elaborately designed fold-out pages each show analyses of important paintings.
Eight essays examine the life, œuvre and relevance of a painter who has unjustly fallen out of general favor.

Reading Samples


Those interested can find a series of essays by museum colleagues and other authors who write about R.B. Kitaj: www.jmberlin.de/blog-en