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April Eisman
Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Ames, IA 50011-2000)
Angela Hampel: A Contemporary Artist in East Germany

Preparation of a book-length study on the painter Angela Hampel (b. 1956) and the situation of female artists from East Germany.

This book focuses on one of East Germany’s most successful and outspoken contemporary artists, Angela Hampel, an installation and performance artist and Neo-expressionist painter who exhibited on both sides of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s. It seeks to understand the impact of social policies on women’s art and position in the art world by investigating the challenges Hampel faced in a society that claimed women’s equality without having actually achieved it. By examining Hampel’s work and reception within the social, cultural, and political contexts of East Germany, this book will offer a deeper understanding of the obstacles women artists faced in the Socialist East as well as an alternative perspective from which to consider women’s conditions in the West since 1945.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019