The Philosophy and Politics of Abstract Expressionism: 1940-1960

The Philosophy and Politics of Abstract Expressionism: 1940-1960

by Nancy Jachec
ISBN-10:
0521651549
ISBN-13:
9780521651547
Pub. Date:
06/05/2000
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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The Philosophy and Politics of Abstract Expressionism: 1940-1960

Tracing the relationship between Abstract Expressionist artists and contemporary intellectuals, particularly the French existentialists, Nancy Jachec here offers a new interpretation of the success of America's first internationally recognized avant-garde art form. She argues that Abstract Expressionism was promoted by the United States government because of its radical character, which was considered to appeal to a Western European populace perceived by the State Department as inclined toward Socialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521651547
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/05/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

1. The discrediting of collectivist ideology; 2. Existentialism in the United States; 3. The new radicalism and the counter-enlightenment; 4. Abstract expressionism and the international council; 5. Epilogue: the USIA sponsored exhibitions.

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