Bienvenido! Welcoming American Art in Francoist Spain

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Abstract

In the immediate years after the Second World War, Spain was initially an unwelcoming territory for art from the United States. Franco's regime initially adopted a policy of autarky, and official attitudes to American culture were negative. The political US-Spanish rapprochement in the early 1950s helped facilitate the arrival of modern American art in Spain, but the success of American art in the Peninsula must also be understood in relation to a shift in Franco's cultural policies in support of Spanish avant-garde artists. Listed in the catalog in alphabetical order, the participating US artists were fully integrated into a vast panorama of Spanish, North and South American artists, all under the auspices of Franco's regime. Here the work of US artists was creatively coopted by Franco's ingenious curator in order to project a modern and positive image of Spain to audiences at home and abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHot Art, Cold War – Southern and Eastern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990
EditorsClaudia Hopkins, Iain Boyd Whyte
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages59-68
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003009979
ISBN (Print)9780367437879
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Spanish art writing
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Neo-Dada
  • Cold War
  • Franco
  • Cultural translation
  • Antonio Saura
  • Vicente Aguilera Cerni
  • de Kooning
  • El Paso

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