Thursday, 24 March 2011

Books: Hannelore Baron

Hannelore Baron: Works from 1969 to 1987, Ingrid Schaffner, SITES, 2001. $20.00 (US) Published by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

When it comes to describing the intimate and deeply personal work of the late Hannelore Baron, words are woefully inadequate. Baron made collages of paper, cloth, wood, and ink. Born in 1926 in Hitler's Germany, she survived the Holocaust and managed to move with her family to New York in 1941. In around 1960 she began to make collages and continued to do so until her death of cancer in 1987. Out of depression, traumatic childhood memories of the Holocaust, and 14 years of cancer treatments, Hannelore Baron made artwork so beautiful that it could make a grown man cry.

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