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Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit: American Art and the Cold War Hardcover – June 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0807829455 ISBN-10: 0807829455 Edition: 1st
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Interrogates the relationship between the state and the art world. . . . A well-researched, well-written and insightful examination which throws light on a particular aspect of governmental approaches to cultural diplomacy.--History

Krenn's research far surpasses anything thus far done on this topic, and his analytical framework provides compelling insights into the cultural contradictions of the Cold War. This, in combination with a fluid and easily readable style, mark this book as a major contribution to the growing literature on the cultural dimensions of the Cold War.--American Historical Review

An illuminating and detailed treatment of some key episodes of the U.S. international art programs saga between 1945 and 1970.--Foreign Service Journal

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With a narrative linking 'high' culture and politics in the art world, inside government, and between the two spheres, this book will encourage discussion, debate, and further research and analysis. It performs a valuable service for the emerging field of study on the State-private network.--Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham |Krenn reveals the extent to which art became a battleground between advocates of 'art for art's sake' and those who sought control of art exhibitions for propagandistic purposes. This engaging and comprehensive study of international art and the Cold War will make a significant contribution to both diplomatic and cultural history.--Walter L. Hixson, author of Parting the Curtain: Propaganda, Culture, and the Cold War
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