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How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, & the Cold War

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Publisher Comments:

"A provocative interpretation of the political and cultural history of the early cold war years. . . . By insisting that art, even art of the avant-garde, is part of the general culture, not autonomous or above it, he forces us to think differently not only about art and art history but about society itself."—New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Why was New York abstract expressionism so successful after World War II? To answer that question, Serge Guilbaut takes a controversial look at the complicated, intertwining relationship among art, politics, and ideology. He explores the changing New York and Paris art scenes of the Cold War period, the rejection by artists of political ideology, and the coopting by left-wing writers and politicians of the artistic revolt.

About the Author

Serge Guilbaut is professor and department head in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. New York, 1935-1941: The De-Marxization of the Intelligentsia

2. The Second World War and the Attempt to Establish an Independent American Art

3. The Creation of an American Avant-Garde, 1945-1947

4. Success: How New York Stole the Notion of Modernism from the Parisians, 1948

5. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226310398
Translator:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Author:
Guilbaut, Serge
Author:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Art, american
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19850431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.05x5.99x.76 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Why was New York abstract expressionism so successful after World War II? To answer that question, Serge Guilbaut takes a controversial look at the complicated, intertwining relationship among art, politics, and ideology. He explores the changing New York and Paris art scenes of the Cold War period, the rejection by artists of political ideology, and the coopting by left-wing writers and politicians of the artistic revolt.
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