1st Edition

Hot Art, Cold War – Southern and Eastern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990

Edited By Claudia Hopkins, Iain Boyd Whyte Copyright 2020
    666 Pages 44 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Hot Art, Cold War – Southern and Eastern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990 is one of two text anthologies that trace the reception of American art in Europe during the Cold War era through primary sources.

    Translated into English for the first time from sixteen languages and introduced by scholarly essays, the texts in this volume offer a representative selection of the diverse responses to American art in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Soviet Union (including the Baltic States), Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, and East Germany (GDR). There was no single European discourse, as attitudes to American art were determined by a wide range of ideological, political, social, cultural and artistic positions that varied considerably across the European nations.

    This volume and its companion, Hot Art, Cold War – Northern and Western European Writing on American Art 1945-1990, offer the reader a unique opportunity to compare how European art writers introduced and explained contemporary American art to their many and varied audiences.

    Whilst many are fluent in one or two foreign languages, few are able to read all twenty-five languages represented in the two volumes. These ground-breaking publications significantly enrich the fields of American art studies and European art criticism.

     1. Portugal

    2. Spain

    3. Italy

    4. Greece

    5. Yugoslavia

    6. Bulgaris

    7. Romania

    8. Hungary

    9. Czechoslovakia

    10. Soviet Union and the Baltic States

    11. Poland

    12. East Germany (GDR)


    Claudia Hopkins is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.

    Iain Boyd Whyte is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh.

    "Put simply, these volumes are an incredible resource for any scholar of American or European art during the Cold War period, as English readers can access overviews and archival examples of the reception of American art from the entirety of Europe and from 20 different languages. With its more honest and complete accounting of American art during the Cold War, material from these books will certainly find their way into many undergraduate and graduate syllabi."

    --Critique d’art