Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War (Hardback)Claire F. Fox (author)
Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 26/02/2013
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Among the buildings on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., only the Pan American Union (PAU) houses an international organization. The first of many anticipated \u201cpeace palaces\u201dconstructed in the early twentieth century, the PAU began with a mission of cultural diplomacy, and after World War II its Visual Arts Section became a leader in the burgeoning hemispheric arts scene, proclaiming Latin America\u2019s entr\u00e9e into the international community as it forged connections between a growing base of middle-class art consumers on one hand and concepts of supranational citizenship and political and economic liberalism on the other.Making Art Panamerican situates the ambitious visual arts programs of the PAU within the broader context of hemispheric cultural relations during the cold war. Focusing on the institutional interactions among aesthetic movements, cultural policy, and viewing publics, Claire F. Fox contends that in the postwar years, the PAU Visual Arts Section emerged as a major transfer point of hemispheric American modernist movements and played an important role in the consolidation of Latin American art as a continental object of study. As it traces the careers of individual cultural policymakers and artists who intersected with the PAU in the two postwar decades-such as Concha Romero James, Charles Seeger, Jos\u00e9 G\u00f3mez Sicre, Jos\u00e9 Luis Cuevas, and Rafael Squirru-the book also charts the trajectories and displacements of sectors of the U.S. and Latin American intellectual left during a tumultuous interval that spans the Mexican Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the New Deal, and the early cold war. Challenging the U.S. bias of conventional narratives about Panamericanism and the postwar shift in critical values from realism to abstraction, Making Art Panamerican illuminates the institutional dynamics that helped shape aesthetic movements in the critical decades following World War II.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 51 mm
""Making Art Panamerican" brings understandings of cultural policy into conversation with many other areas of concern, and therefore greatly expands the sense of that policy sector's relevance to political, economic and broadly social frameworks. This allows for an invigorated sense of why and how cultural policy matters, and is reflective of the complexity of the space in which it takes place. It is brimming with strongly argued points and clearly articulated insights." --Rachel Weiss, author of "To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art "
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