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Abstract Expressionism and the Cultural Logic of Romantic Anti-Capitalism

Abstract Expressionism and the Cultural Logic of Romantic Anti-Capitalism
Dissent during the McCarthy Period

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Visual Culture

  • Date Published: July 1999
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2004
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521434157

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  • Abstract Expressionism and the Cultural Logic of Romantic Anti-Capitalism examines the artistic aims of the New York School of painters within the context of left wing political discussions during the 1940s and 50s. By drawing on new primary material from contemporary art critics, including Meyer Schapiro and Marta Traba, David Craven addresses Abstract Expressionism as a response to the politics of the Cold War. Outlining the artistic intentions of New York School painters, Craven shows how Abstract Expressionism emerged as an implicit criticism of important mainstream ideas in the United States during the McCarthy era.

    • First book-length study on subject
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    • Date Published: July 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521434157
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 187 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2004
  • Table of Contents

    1. Various legacies and diverse lineages
    2. Abstract expressionism and left wing values
    3. The FBI files on the New York school
    4. Mythmaking in the McCarthy period
    5. Automatism and the age of automation
    6. A critique of technologism.

  • Author

    David Craven, University of New Mexico

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