Wilhelm Lindemann, Paulus Rainer and Regine Prange
Stuttgart : Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2016
352 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm.
Gemstones have always been, since time immemorial, heavily charged with meaning and have even been regarded as magical objects. For that reason they have also been an art medium since the early modern age and have shaped as art symbols - in the form of the crystal - both Romanticism and Modernism, for example in the works of Caspar David Friedrich, Lyonel Feininger and many more. In the latter half of the twentieth century, not only have such artists as Bernd Munsteiner, Ute Eitzenhofer and Bernhard Schobinger rediscovered the gemstone; through the Hochschule fur Edelstein und Schmuck Trier/Idar-Oberstein and other similar specialist institutions it is also undergoing a revival in today's art production - right up to Damien Hirst.
The majesty of nature, as it were miniturised -- From iconic gemstone to contemporary art object -- The crystallisation of the image : Wenzel Hablik, Paul Lee, Joseph Beuys -- The crystal. Symbol of resistance in art? A romantic motif in Thomas Hirschhorn's work