Hot Art, Cold War – Western and Northern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hot Art, Cold War – Western and Northern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990

1st Edition

Edited by Claudia Hopkins, Iain Boyd Whyte


584 pages | 40 Color Illus.

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This book is an anthology of primary source texts on postwar American art between 1945 and 1989, translated from Northern and Western European languages into English for the first time and introduced by scholarly essays.

This volume will be the first full-scale account of the reception of American art across Northern and Western Europe, greatly enriching the field of American art studies. Postwar American art triggered varied – positive and negative – responses across Europe. There was no single European discourse, as the responses were inflected by a range of issues (political, social, artistic, etc.) that varied in the different national contexts across Europe. Taken together, these diverse texts offer a representative selection of responses to American art in the Cold War period.

This book covers United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany (FRG), Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

This is a companion volume to Hot Art, Cold War – Southern and Eastern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction and Acknowledgments by Claudia Hopkins, Iain Boyd Whyte


Western Europe

  1. A ‘Special Relationship’: British and American Art 1945–89 - David Hopkins

  1. The Irish Diaspora, the Cold War and American Art in Ireland - Brenda McCann
  2. With Love (and Hate) from Paris - Serge Guilbaut

4. Art on its Head: American Art in Belgium 1958-1978 - Johan Pas

5. The Reception of American Art in the Netherlands - Jonneke Jobse

  1. American Art in Cold War West Germany - Iain Boyd Whyte
  2. "Muses with a Cold"- Austria, the visual arts and the Cold War - Oliver Sukrow and Iain Boyd Whyte
  3. Isle of the Blessed—audiences shocked: American Art in Switzerland 1945-1990 - Nathalie Ritter and Thomas Schmutz

Northern Europe:

  1. American Art Viewed from Denmark: From Skepticism to Acceptance - Tania Orum

  1. Norway and American Postwar Art during the Cold War - Åsmund Thorkildsen
  2. American Art in Swedish Art Criticism: An Introduction - Annika Oehrner and with Karolina Uggla

12. An Introduction to American Art in Finland after 1945 - Maritta Mellais

Part 2: TEXTS 1945-1990

1. Great Britain

2. Ireland

3. France

4. Belgium

5. The Netherlands

6. West Germany

7. Austria

8. Switzerland

9. Denmark

10. Norway

11. Sweden

12. Finland

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART / History / General
ART / American / General
ART / European
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century