Art Interrupted

Assignment: Radio
12:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Historical Controversy of "Advancing American Art" Revisited

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, President Truman and "Circus Girl Resting”

The U.S. Department of State assembled a collection of modernist paintings in 1946, to show the world America’s artistic coming of age and to illustrate the freedom of expression enjoyed by contemporary American artists. "Advancing American Art" became a lightning rod of controversy, described by some as subversive and un-American. 

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