Cold (War) Embraces: Spanish-American Exchanges 1945-1999

  • Hopkins, C. (Organiser)
  • Javier Ortiz-Echagüe (Organiser)

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This international conference examines the development of the rich and diverse artistic relations between Spain and the United States of America during the fraught context of the Cold War period, which coincided with the consolidation of Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy in Spain. Previous scholarship has drawn attention to the reception of US art in Spain, especially in relation to Abstract Expressionism and the travelling exhibitions in Europe, such as The New American Painting (1958-1959). This event adopts a much broader chronology and examines Spanish-American relations through original case studies. They give insight into distinct perspectives—the interventions of curators, private and public institutions, collectors, art critics, and artists—and reveal the forces that stimulated the dissemination of information and generated artistic projects and exchanges between Spain and the US. The case of Spain also offers a connection with Latin America, which generated a triangular relation with the United States and will be addressed in the final panel of the conference.

This conference is sponsored by Terra Foundation for American Art and organized by the Fundación Juan March, the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art (Durham University) and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Speakers: Claudia Hopkins, Javier Ortiz-Echagüe, Serge Guilbaut, Manuel Fontán del Junco, Beatriz Cordero, Julián Díaz Sánchez, Inés Vallejo, Paula Barreiro, José María Yturralde, John J Curley, Estrella de Diego, José Díaz Cuyás, Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales, Renata Ribeiro dos Santos, Genoveva Tusell y María Toledo
Period20 Oct 202221 Oct 2022
Event typeConference
LocationMadrid, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational