Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit: American Art and the Cold War (Paperback)Michael L. Krenn (author)
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The Department of State, then the United States Information Agency, and eventually the Smithsonian Institution directed this effort, relying heavily on the assistance of major American art organizations, museums, curators, and artists. What the government hoped to accomplish and what the art community had in mind, however, were often at odds. Intense domestic controversies resulted, particularly when the effort involved modern or abstract expressionist art. Ultimately, the exhibition of American art overseas was one of the most controversial Cold War initiatives undertaken by the United States. Krenn's investigation deepens our understanding of the cultural dimensions of America's postwar diplomacy and explores how unexpected elements of the Cold War led to a redefinition of what is, and is not, ""American."
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
""Interrogates the relationship between the state and the art world. . . . A well-researched, well-written and insightful examination which throws light on a particular aspect of governmental approaches to cultural diplomacy."" - History
""An illuminating and detailed treatment of some key episodes of the U.S. international art programs saga between 1945 and 1970."" - Foreign Service Journal
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