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Women, Love, Philosophy III. From the series on Hannah Arendt.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    New Brunswick (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brodsky, Judith K., born 1933 (artist)
    Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint, with collage of red grosgrain ribbon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.136-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 30

Hannah Arendt, who was to become one of the most important political philosophers of the 20th century, studied in Berlin under Martin Heidegger with whom she later became romantically involved. Heidegger, who affiliated with the Nazi movement, later renounced and betrayed her but she continued to support him long after she had fled to the USA and it had become clear that he was using her to further his own career and later to escape justice for war crimes.

Judith Brodsky made a series of images related to the life of Arendt, combining images of war and the Holocaust, with those of both Arendt and Heidegger, addressing, in doing so, her own Jewish heritage. In this piece she moves beyond anti-semitism itself to other forms of violation. The central motif was taken from a photograph Brodsky found of a piece of Viennese lace work from the early years of the 20th century, a time of great cultural flowering which more or less came to an end with the onset of the First World War. Although purporting to be modern, in depicting a naked female, this piece of craftwork simultaneously denies modernity by showing woman still in thrall to male chauvinism - for the figure represented appears to be Danae, visited by Zeus as a shower of gold. The notion of violation is further suggested by the repeat images from Poussin's famous painting 'The Rape of the Sabine Women' alternating with images of Arendt around the border of the lace roundel.

Physical description

Screenprinted photographic image of a roundel of lace with startled woman (perhaps from classical mythology - for example, Danae being visited by Zeus as a shower of gold) at its centre. Round the edge of the roundel a repeat pattern of cut out photos of Hannah Arendt as a young woman and figures from Poussin's Rape of the Sabine Women. On the lower side of the roundel dropping like favours, ribbons which are made from cut-outs of scenes of dead bodies found in concentration camps at the end of WW2 (the content of these only legible on close inspection). Above the roundel at the top of the sheet a real red grosgrain ribbon folded back and forth in a zig-zag pattern is collaged on.

Place of Origin

New Brunswick (made)

Date

1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Brodsky, Judith K., born 1933 (artist)
Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint, with collage of red grosgrain ribbon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Judith K Brodsky 2000 / A/P'
Signed and dated, and inscribed in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 92.5 cm image, Width: 76.5 cm image, Height: 103.2 cm sheet, Width: 79.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Women, Love, Philosophy III', screenprint image of lacework with a border of images of Hannah Arendt, scenes from a Poussin painting and the Holocaust, by Judith Brodsky, United States, 1998.

Materials

Ribbon; Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Screenprint; Collage

Subjects depicted

Betrayal; Philosophy; Violation; Anti-semitism

Categories

Coins & Medals; Prints; Lace; Feminism; Myths & Legends; Politics

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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