A "special relationship": British and American art 1945-1989

Hopkins, D. (2021) A "special relationship": British and American art 1945-1989. In: Hopkins, C. and Whyte, I. B. (eds.) Hot Art, Cold War – Western and Northern European Writing on American Art 1945-1990. Routledge: New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 3-55. ISBN 9780815393757 (doi:10.4324/9781351187671-2)

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Ever since Winston Churchill’s speech in Fulton, Missouri of 1946 outlining the postwar political structure of the Western hemisphere, politicians have talked of Great Britain and the USA having a “special relationship” based not just on ideological affinities but on shared historical roots, as well as a shared language. 1 To assume, however, that their cultural and artistic attitudes in the Cold War period were consistently aligned would be a mistake. This essay examines a history of unequal cultural relations, an interplay between Britain’s need to “catch up” artistically with its former colonial possession and its desire to retain a firm grip on its own native traditions.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hopkins, Professor David
Authors: Hopkins, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Published Online:17 September 2020

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