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Fritz Ascher (Berlin 1893 – 1970 Berlin): Coming Back to Life (Dcember 8)

Fritz Ascher, Wooded Landscape, c. 1959. Oil on canvas, 100 x 95 cm. Private Collection

Fritz Ascher, Wooded Landscape, c. 1959. Oil on canvas, 100 x 95 cm. Private Collection, © Banca Stock

02.12.2021 - Article

NYbased curator and critic Karen Wilkin and art historian and project manager Elizabeth Berkowitz, PhD, discuss the German-Jewish artist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893–1970) and the work he created after surviving Nazi persecution in hiding.

Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893–1970) almost made it out of Germany as the persecution of the Jews was developing. SINCE HE HAD been arrested and released from concentration camp and prison after several months, friends managed to book passage on a ship to Shanghai, but the German Nazi bureaucracy refused to let him leave the country. Ascher found refuge in the basement of his deceased mother’s friend, Martha Grassmann–in a house located in the Grunewald, the heart of the Nazi brass residential neighborhood in Berlin. In hiding–an interior migration–he shifted from vibrantly expressionist paintings and drawings to dense poetry. AFTER the war he emerged to a Germany very different from the one he had known before and began painting again, still with a dynamic, expressionistic style, but with a profound change in subject matter. The changes in his art may in part reflect his sensitivity to the altered realities of the world in which he lived–and we STILL live.
New York-based curator and critic Karen Wilkin and art historian and project manager Elizabeth Berkowitz, PhD, discuss the German-Jewish artist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893–1970) and the work he created after surviving Nazi persecution in hiding, including a newly discovered group of portrait drawings on paper.
This event is part of the virtual project “Identity, Art and Migration,” which investigates US immigration of European refugees during the first half of the 20th century through the lens of seven artist case studies: Anni Albers, Friedel Dzubas, Eva Hesse, Rudi Lesser, Lily Renee, Arthur Szyk and Fritz Ascher.

Generously sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York


Location & Time

December 8, 12:00pm EST

Online via Zoom

Please Register here.

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