Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit: American Art and the by Michael L. Krenn

By Michael L. Krenn

throughout the chilly struggle, tradition grew to become one other weapon in America's conflict opposed to communism. a part of that attempt in cultural international relations incorporated a software to rearrange the exhibition of countless numbers of yankee work in a foreign country. Michael L. Krenn reports the successes, disasters, contradictions, and controversies that arose while the U.S. govt and the yank paintings international sought to interact to make a world paintings software a truth among the Nineteen Forties and the Seventies.

The division of country, then the U.S. info enterprise, and at last the Smithsonian establishment directed this attempt, depending seriously at the advice of significant American paintings companies, museums, curators, and artists. What the govt. was hoping to complete and what the artwork neighborhood had in brain, even if, have been frequently at odds. extreme household controversies resulted, fairly while the trouble concerned smooth or summary expressionist paintings. finally, the exhibition of yankee paintings in a foreign country used to be essentially the most arguable chilly battle projects undertaken by way of the U.S.. Krenn's research deepens our knowing of the cultural dimensions of America's postwar international relations and explores how unforeseen components of the chilly battle resulted in a redefinition of what's, and isn't, "American."

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