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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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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Robert W. Cherny

University of Illinois Press

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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