Fritz Ascher Videos

Fritz Ascher Videos2019-06-18T07:04:02+00:00

“Fritz Ascher: Expressionist”

Das Leben und Schaffen des Künstlers Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970). Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York 2016. Gesamtherstellung: Dan Stern. Stimme Erzählung: David Stern; Stimme Gedichte: Lutz Rath; Musik: BenSound. Fotos: Malcom Varon, Kunstwerke und Fotos von Fritz Ascher ©2016 Bianca Stock

“Fritz Ascher: Expressionist”

The life and work of the artist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970). Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York 2019. Production: Dan Stern. Voice Narration: Chris Okawa; Voice Poems: Lutz Rath; Music: BenSound. Photos: Malcom Varon, Art and Photos by Fritz Ascher ©2019: Bianca Stock

“European Modernism and Spirituality”

Panel discussion at CUNY Graduate Center on January 30, 2019. Throughout much of the 20th century, secularism has dominated Western thought, yet art has often offered both overt and occult connections to spirituality. Fritz Ascher and El Lissitzky reflect this complicated truth in very different but equally compelling ways
Moderated by Rose-Carol Washton Long, Professor Emerita of 19th and 20th Century European Art, CUNY Graduate Center, with speakers Elizabeth Berkowitz, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Rockefeller Archive Center; Matthew Drutt, editor, writer and independent curator; and Ori Z. Soltes, Teaching Professor of Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University.

“Expressionism for Our Time”

Panel discussion at the New York Studio School on March 6, 2019, featuring a brief history of Western Expressionism by art critic and curator Karen Wilkin, followed by a conversation between contemporary artists Rochelle Feinstein, Judy Glantzman, and Adrianne Rubenstein with art historian Robert Slifkin, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Eckhart Gillen speaks about the Weimar Republic (1919-1939) (German language video)

Eckhart Gillen, curator of “Konstruktion der Welt. Kunst und Ökonomie zwischen den Weltkriegen 1919-1939. Amerika – Sowjetunion – Deutschland” speaks about the political situation during the Weimar Republic in Germany, and specifically in Berlin, and what it meant to the artist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970). Conversation with Rachel Stern, Berlin September 2018.

Eckhart Gillen speaks about the artist Fritz Ascher (German language video)

Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970) survived persecution by the Nazi regime in hiding. After 1945, his art changed drastically. Art historian Eckhart Gillen describes Ascher’s art after 1945 and puts it into historical context. In conversation with Rachel Stern, Berlin September 2018.

Ori Z. Soltes speaks about Fritz Ascher (Berlin 1893-1970) and his German-Jewish identity

Jewish scholar Ori Z. Soltes speaks about the artist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970) and his identity as a German Jew, who converted to Protestantism as an 8 year old child. How does his artwork reflect this complex background? New York, September 2018.

What is Expressionist Art?

Art historian Elizabeth Berkowitz explains.
New York, September 2018.

Figurative Art in Germany after 1945

Art historian Elizabeth Berkowitz speaks about Figurative Art in Germany after 1945, and the art of Fritz Ascher (Berlin 1893-1970) in that context.
New York, September 2018.

Fritz Ascher, “The Tortured” (“Der Gequaelte”), 1920s.

Art historian Elizabeth Berkowitz speaks about the monumental early painting by the German Expressionist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970) and puts it into its historical and cultural context. New York, September 2018.

Fritz Ascher, Beethoven, 1924/1945. Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 x 47 in. (97,5 x 119 cm). Image © Bianca Stock

Art historian Elizabeth Berkowitz speaks about the monumental early painting by the German Expressionist Fritz Ascher (Berlin, 1893-1970), which the artist worked on again in 1945, after 12 years of persecution by the German Nazi regime. New York, September 2018.

Interview with Wolfgang A. Gustavus (1945-2018), Berlin 2018 (German language video)

Wolfgang A. Gustavus was a child, when he knew the artist and neighbor Fritz Ascher (1893-1970). In this last interview, he remembers the artist and their relationship. From 1946, the Gustavus family, with Alexander and Friede Gustavus (b. 1915), their children Ute (1949-2014) and Wolfgang (1945-2018), and her mother lived at Bismarckallee 26 in Berlin-Grunewald, in the apartment below Martha Graßmann and Fritz Ascher. They were refugees from Silesia.

Wolfgang Gustavus in conversation with Rachel Stern, Berlin 2018.