Thomas Crow's analysis of the art of the 1960s remains as fresh as ever as he expertly follows the broad range of artists working in Europe and America in the stormy years of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the counterculture. At a time when visual artists sought a variety of responses to the turmoil of the public sphere and struggled to have an impact on a world preoccupied with social crisis, Crow explores the relationship of politics to art, and shows how the rhetoric of one often informed - or subverted - the other. He also traces the emergence of a new aesthetic climate that challenged established notions of content, style, medium and audience.
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Now back in print with a fascinating new afterword by the author, this authoritative book provides an overview of the art world’s major themes and figures during the critical decade of the 1960s. Thomas Crow discusses how the American art scene fit into the corresponding European and international movements of the time, set against the background of world events.About the Author:
Thomas Crow is the Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and Professor of Art History at the Univeristy of Southern California.
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