In Making Art Panamerican, Claire Fox explores the shifting institutional landscape behind mid-twentieth-century attempts to create a unified artistic tradition in the Americas. She inscribes these attempts within the longer history of Pan-Americanism— formulations centered on the perceived or desired unity of the culture and history of the hemisphere’s diverse nations—which spans the last two centuries. Fox’s four chapters combine a keen analysis of an impressive array of archival sources with a lucid interpretation of artworks. The thread that connects the chapters is the career as a cultural bureaucrat of the Cuban-born José Gómez-Sicre (1916–1991). Gómez-Sicre’s career began in the Visual Arts Section of the Pan American Union (PAU), an office founded in 1910 in Washington, DC, by a series of governments of the Americas and that became the Organization of American States in 1948. US–Latin American cultural relations, a priority for...
Book Review| February 01 2014
Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War
Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War. By Fox, Claire F..
University of Minnesota Press,
2013. , $30.00.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2014) 94 (1): 154–156.
Luis M. Castañeda; Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2014; 94 (1): 154–156. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2390312
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