Modris Eksteins




Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age


Solar Dance: Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty

Knopf Canada 2012
Harvard University Press 2012

Reviews for Solar Dance

Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty

"Solar Dance conveys the heady atmosphere that made Berlin the first European capital to embrace the transforming potential of art in a secular age. Yet it also created the idealogical void that ended in the rise of Hitler" --Wall Street Journal

"Eksteins tells his story in a suitably looping and layered manner, with many darts and artful reverses, using a range of knowledge and allusion reminiscent of his 1989 masterpiece, Rites of Spring." - Globe and Mail

"Eksteins is a major historian and Solar Dance, like everything he writes, deserves a wide and attentive readership. " - National Post

"Solar Dance is a strong case study in art history." - Quill & Quire

"[Solar Dance] conveys a vivid sense of the art and culture of Weimar Germay, and some surprising connections to our own." - Troy Media

"Modris Eksteins' book comes alive and literally draws one leaning into the pages when the narrative of Wacker is central to the page." - By the Book Reviews Blog

 “Solar Dance vividly captures the large within the small…. It’s a story of an evocative moment along the 20th century’s ideology-ravaged road.”

 “Uses Van Gogh as a prism to illuminate the contradictions and complexities of modernism and modernity. The results are learned . . . elegant . . . provocative.” Winnipeg Free Press

"[C]aptivating story of a changing world, of authenticity versus forgery, of money versus art, and the established order of experts and gallery owners and museum directors versus 'the little guy'." --Kirkus Reviews 

"A fascinating story, combining art history with social commentary and political acumen. Interwar Germany is well drawn and the search for purpose and meaning is one all readers will recognize." --Library Journal 

"Eksteins's book does a fine job of chronicling the era's aesthetic confusion." --American Scholar