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By Peter Selz, Susan Landauer

ISBN-10: 0520937627

ISBN-13: 9780520937628

Paintings of Engagement takes the 1st finished examine the main function of California's artwork and artists in politics and tradition in view that 1945. Tracing the remarkably fertile confluence of political agitation and passionately engaged artwork, Peter Selz leads readers on a trip that starts off with the Nazi dying camps and strikes in the course of the Bay Area's loose Speech move of 1964, the delivery of Beat and hippie countercultures, Read more...

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Aware of modernism’s subversive potency, they pronounced all modernist artists “degenerate” and ordered them imprisoned or castrated. Art had to pay tribute to the Thousand Year Reich. In their celebrations, spectacles, and pageants, they constructed a fantasy world of victorious Aryan heroes. The Nazis reacted against the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), a style employing social and political criticism that had been prevalent during the Weimar Republic. Artists as different as Käthe Kollwitz, George Grosz, Otto Dix, and John Heartfield created graphics, paintings, and collages critiquing the capitalist system.

In 1968 the Vietcong won a major military victory in the Tet Offensive, and President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not stand for reelection. His successor, Richard Nixon, while promising peace, intensified the bombing, devastating much of Vietnam. The war reached fever pitch with the American incursion into neighboring Cambodia in 1970, resulting in great casualties on both sides. By that time the public had learned of the massacre at My Lai, where American soldiers murdered unarmed civilians, including against war and violence 39 WALLY HEDRICK ANGER, 1959–63 Oil on canvas, 72 × 72 in.

LOUISE STANLEY PYGMALIANA, 1984 Oil on canvas, 24 × 321⁄2 in. From installation Pompeian Villa. Courtesy of the artist. 19 ROBERT COLESCOTT GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER CROSSING THE DELAWARE: PAGE FROM AN AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOK, 1975 Acrylic on canvas, 84 × 108 in. Collection of Robert and Lois Orchard. Courtesy of the artist and Phyllis Kind Gallery. a series of parodies of famous paintings. The subject had been a staple of Arneson and his students since the sixties, but Colescott added a distinctive political twist by substituting white protagonists with blacks.

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