How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1985 - Art - 277 pages
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"A provocative interpretation of the political and cultural history of the early cold war years. . . . By insisting that art, even art of the avant-garde, is part of the general culture, not autonomous or above it, he forces us to think differently not only about art and art history but about society itself."—New York Times Book Review

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User Review  - Lauren Cunningham - Goodreads

This book had a lot of educational value to it, and there were definitely some interesting points to it, but it was a hard read for me. I was very bored, and the academic/essay value in which it was written made it hard to catch my attention. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Cecilia - Goodreads

I've re-read this book a few times. It is a fabulous account of the Cold War politics that affected the burgeoning art scenes. Love love love it! Read full review


New York 19351941 The DeMarxlzation of the Intelligentsia
The Second World War and the Attempt to Establish an Independent American Art
The Creation of an American AvantGarde 19451947
Success How New York Stole the Notion of Modernism from the Parisians 1948

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Serge Guilbaut is professor and department head in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia.

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