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art history, socialism, cartoon, revisionist history, Cold War, anticapitalism
Through a close analysis of Ad Reinhard's 1946 and 1961 art comics "How to Look at Modern Art in America,” examined in the context of their times, this paper will argue that Reinhardt’s idealist view and involvement with abstraction, as he saw it in its “purest” form, was intrinsically formed and shaped by his Marxist anticapitalistic perspectives in response to his concurrent time. When these works are examined through the lens of Reinhard’s socialist politics, a parallel narrative surfaces where “pictures artists” also signifies capitalism and its capacity to harmonize and contaminate.
Schumacher, Julie A., "Satirical Dissent: The Subversive Messaging of Ad Reinhardt’s 1946 and 1961 Art Comics How to Look at Modern Art in America" (2022). CUNY Academic Works.
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