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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art$
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Robert W. Cherny

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040788

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040788.001.0001

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“Perhaps the Most Gifted of the Local Muralists,” 1931–1935

“Perhaps the Most Gifted of the Local Muralists,” 1931–1935

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(p.75) 6 “Perhaps the Most Gifted of the Local Muralists,” 1931–1935
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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art
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Robert W. Cherny

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040788.003.0006

Returning to San Francisco in 1931, Arnautoff began to paint large murals. Undere the New Deal, federal funds helped to underwrite many public art projects. Arnautoff took a major part in the first large New-Deal art project, at Coit Tower in San Francisco, where a Communist symbol in another artist’s mural generated controversy. Arnautoff then received a commission for another other large, New-Deal mural at the Presidio. Some of his art began to criticize aspects of his society, and he began to define his art as social realism.

Keywords:   New-Deal art projects, Coit Tower (San Francisco), social realism

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