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AVANT-GARDE ART AND CRITICISM IN FRANCOIST SPAIN. Paula Barreiro Lopez. Liverpool University Press, 2017. Value: Art: Politics. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 360 pp. with 24 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781781383223 In English.
Publisher's description: This groundbreaking book surveys the shifts in the aesthetic discourse and artistic practices that decisively influenced the shaping of the avant-garde during Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975). On the basis of extensive, so far unpublished, archival material, it discusses the intellectual and cultural field as an important battlefield for fighting the regime from within. The study opens with a comprehensive historical overview on the cultural world from the end of the Spanish Civil War throughout Francoism and reveals for the first time the broader intellectual and cultural context of vanguard art considering the special relations and negotiation processes between artist, critics and institutions during a major gap in the historiography of post-war Spanish culture: the late Franco dictatorship (1959-1975). It then analyses in depth the important role that a group of art critics played as theoreticians and peers in key artistic movements from the 1950s onwards. Using their extensive international networks in the midst of the Cold War period, they decisively influenced the aesthetic and cultural debates of their time and very concretely helped shaping a completely new discourse for the avant-garde in Spain.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 175267
Hardcover $120.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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