14 March 2020
New Publication: Käthe Kollwitz: Memorialisation as Anti-Militarist Weapon, Arts – Special Issue: World War, Art, and Memory: 1914 to 1945, ed. by Andrew Nedd.
Abstract: This essay explores Käthe Kollwitz’s anti-war graphic work in the context of the German, and later, international No More War movement from 1920 to 1925, where it performed an important role in anti-militarist campaigns, exhibitions and publications, both in Germany and internationally. Looking at Kollwitz’s production closely, we discover a deeply pragmatic artistic strategy, where the emotionality of Kollwitz’s famed prints was the result of tireless technical, formal and compositional investigation, contrived to maximise emotional impact. By choosing the easily disseminated medium of printmaking as her main vehicle and using a deliberately spare but powerful graphic language in carefully chosen motifs, Kollwitz intended her art to reach as broad an audience as possible in engaging anti-war sentiment. In connection with the leading anti-war voices of the time, including French Nobel Prize-winning writer Romain Rolland and the founder of War Resisters’ International, Helene Stöcker, she deployed her work to reach beyond the confines of the art gallery and into internationally distributed posters, periodicals and books.
Keywords: World War I; German art; anti-war; Käthe Kollwitz; Weimar; printmaking; graphic art; anti-militarism; memory; memorialization; No More War movement; modernism
28 November 2019
Forthcoming publication: ‘Between Art and History: Otto Dix’s Metropolis’ in Artistic Expressions and the Great War, ed. by Sally Charnow (New York: Peter Lang, 2020).
An abstract will be available once the chapter is published.
New edited collection: Ann Murray, ed., Constructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914: The Eye on War (Routledge, 2018)
This collection offers a transnational, interdisciplinary approach to the impact of war on visual media from the outbreak of World War I to the present, examining a diverse range of visual material which reflect the heterogeneity of experiences and perspectives that have characterised artistic responses to war in the past century. It aims to contribute in a meaningful manner to the growing discourse on the memorialisation of war in art by exploring works that have resulted from an environment of war and across a broad range of twentieth century conflicts. With a foreword by Dr Laura Brandon, CM, PhD, Adjunct Professor, former Historian, Art and War, Canadian War Museum, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa. The table of contents and introduction is here
20 October 2019
Public Lecture, 28 Oct 2019: Western Front Association, Cork Branch Otto Dix and the Visual Memory of the Western Front of the Great War. More info: https://www.corkwesternfrontassociation.com/events (Cork branch website)
http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/branches/republic-of-ireland/cork/events/otto-dix-and-the-visual-memory-of-the-western-front-of-the-great-war-by-ann-murray/ (Main Western Front Association Website)