Exhibition of the Month: Degenerate Art

While focusing on a notorious exhibition which pre-dated the Cold War by a decade, Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 at the Neue Galerie in New York helps to contextualise the complex politics of art that arose after World War II. Soon after the Nazi Party seized control in Germany, it launched a virulent attack on the visual arts. The drive to remove ‘subversive’ elements in German art culminated … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Degenerate Art

Exhibitions of the Month: Students Curate Cold War Art

An innovative exhibition recently opened in the History Department of Boston College. Undergraduate students of the department’s ‘Making History Public’ course have joined forces with librarians to mount Revealing America’s History Through Comics, a display that chronicles changes in 20th-century American politics and culture through the lens of comic books. From Captain American’s response to the Watergate scandal and the assassination of JFK to the … Continue reading Exhibitions of the Month: Students Curate Cold War Art

Exhibition of the Month: Damage Control

The spectre of Cold War looms large in the Hirshhorn’s latest exhibition, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. The start date of its chronology points to an initial focus on the trauma of destruction in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and anxieties about the strange new world that rose from its ashes. Initial feelings of panic in the face of human fragility, … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Damage Control

Exhibition of the Month: Soviet Art. Soviet Sport

For a few more days, London-based lovers of Cold War art can head to Sotheby’s to experience a rare exhibition of Soviet Socialist Realism. The 35 paintings, drawings and sculptures that comprise Soviet Art. Soviet Sport exemplify the heroic realism that was a defining feature of the official art of the Soviet Union. Socialist Realist art provided a vision of an idealised future ostensibly achievable through … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Soviet Art. Soviet Sport

Exhibition of the Month: Statue of Limitation

A group art exhibition in Dubai is currently exploring how present-day global politics continues to be dominated by unresolved issues from the Cold War. Statue of Limitation plays on legal terminology relating to the time limit on seeking justice to offer ‘an anti-monument to human will, with all its limitations’. The exhibition focuses in particular on the geographic and strategic importance of the Middle East in … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Statue of Limitation

Exhibition of the Month: Libertad de Expresión

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, part of the University of Oklahoma, is currently shining a light on a less familiar chapter in the story of Cold War art: that of Latin America. Libertad de Expresión: The Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics features work by over 60 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean, to explore how politics … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Libertad de Expresión

Exhibition of the Month: Art Interrupted

Already a year into its 4-venue tour, Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy continues to fascinate audiences across the United States with its insight into one of the most controversial episodes in Cold War art history. Art Interrupted reunites all but 10 of the original 117 paintings from the notorious Advancing American Art exhibition of 1946. Organised by the US … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Art Interrupted

Exhibition of the Month: Richard Diebenkorn

Now into its final month, Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 concludes its critically-acclaimed run at the de Young Museum on 29 September. The exhibition focuses on the transformative years the painter spent in Northern California, when he abandoned Abstract Expressionism in favour of an increasingly representational approach. Whilst heralding what became known as the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Diebenkorn’s experimentation was divisive due to … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Richard Diebenkorn

Exhibition of the Month: D-0 ARK Underground

As part of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Bosnia and Herzegovina you can currently visit an art exhibition in the unique setting of an atomic bomb shelter inside a mountain. The D-0 ARK Underground project originally opened for 3 months during the previous Biennale in 2011, and this 2nd edition adds the work of 30 artists from 19 countries to the original collection of 40 pieces. Construction of … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: D-0 ARK Underground

Exhibition of the Month: Jane and Louise Wilson

From now until 2 August, the 303 Gallery in New York goes Cold War with an eponymous exhibition by the British artist duo Jane and Louise Wilson. The twin sisters have spoken of their fascination with ‘dark tourism’ and the ‘atmosphere of fear’ they experienced during their childhood in the Cold War. Here they present photographs, sculptures and installation pieces, including Atomgrad, Nature Abhors A Vacuum, depicting the … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Jane and Louise Wilson