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Title:
The philosophy and politics of abstract expressionism, 1940-1960
Author:
Jachec, Nancy.
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9780521651547
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xi, 267 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Summary

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.


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