List of illustrations

  • Cover of New Masses
  • Cover of New Masses
  • The Paymaster
  • I see where Babe Ruth draws down seventy thousand a year. . .
  • Love at First Sight
  • The Night Watchman's Daughter
  • Advertisement for New Masses Spring Carnival
  • Cover of New Masses
  • On the Way to School, Tajikistan
  • Birth of a Skyscraper
  • Southern Holiday
  • Tanks, #2 (Steel Plant)
  • The Cultural and Industrial History of the State of Indiana: Panel X––Parks, the Circus, the Klan, the Press
  • Young Corn
  • The Lawmakers
  • Hard Coal Landscape
  • Death of a Communist
  • Photograph of Jacob Burck with mural panel Completion of the (Turksib) Railroad
  • Social Protest in Old Saint Louis, detail
  • We Demand
  • Wheat
  • Roustabouts
  • Union Square
  • Phoenix (Portrait in the Desert; Lenin)
  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread or Terrorization of Poor Through Religion
  • Secret of Primary Accumulation
  • Hedley's Little Sunshine Committee
  • Sweatshop–1932
  • So I'm Yellah, Am I?
  • Unemployed
  • Fourteenth Street
  • The Engineer's Dream
  • Attaboy!
  • Tenth Avenue at 27th Street
  • Unlawful Assembly, Union Square
  • Soda Fountain
  • Construction
  • The Future Belongs to the Workers
  • We Want Bread!
  • Miner's Child
  • Adit No. 2
  • Starvation
  • Mine Disaster
  • Unemployed Demonstration (American Cossacks)
  • Scottsboro Boys
  • Battle of Wilmington
  • The Scottsboro Legal Lynching––The face of the NAACP, with the Arms of the Bosses
  • Southern Holiday
  • That's the Man!
  • Necklace
  • Oppression of American Imperialism in Colonial Countries
  • The Lord Provides
  • East River
  • In the City Park
  • Industry
  • Union Square––During the Period of Depression
  • Traffic––7th Avenue Subway
  • South
  • Aspects of Negro Life: An Idyll of the Deep South
  • Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction
  • Aspects of Negro Life: Song of the Towers
  • City Life, detail
  • California Industrial Scenes, detail
  • Library
  • Steelworker
  • Young Worker
  • Laying the Cornice Stone of the Cleveland Post Office
  • Martyr Hill
  • Negro Mother and Child
  • Prisoner
  • Just ignore those blanks the postman left us. They are intended for idle persons who are a burden to society
  • Cover from New Masses
  • I fear His Holiness will be unable to rise this morning, sisters. You may pray for him––and General Mola's Moors
  • Alfred P. ($561,311-a-year) Sloan, Jr.
  • Sitdowns Outlawed
  • Home Relief Station
  • Farm Woman
  • Sweatshop
  • The Oculist
  • Deportation
  • The Eternal City
  • The Senate
  • Club Julio A. Mella (Cuban Workers' Club)
  • Scrub Women
  • Arrest No. 2
  • American Dream
  • City Playground
  • Red Cart
  • Study for porcelain enamel mural
  • White Collar Boys
  • My Father Reminisces
  • Pat Whalen
  • Death on the Plains
  • The Middle Class
  • Wheat Threshing Scene in St. Charles County
  • The Last Cow
  • The Defenders
  • Street Corner
  • My Forebears Were Pioneers
  • American Tragedy
  • Men and Wheat
  • Construction of a Dam
  • Work of the Petroleum Division of the Bureau of Mines (east wall)
  • Study for Work of the Petroleum Division of the Bureau of Mines
  • Cotton from Field to Mill
  • Cotton from Field to Mill, detail
  • Haymarket Series: The Stool Pigeons, Mr. and Mrs. William Seliger
  • Pioneer Family
  • Workers of Today
  • The Exchange of the Products of Agriculture for the Products of Industry
  • Discovery, Use, and Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Discovery, Use, and Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Growth of Democracy in Illinois
  • Growth of Democracy in Illinois
  • Pre-Civil War Missouri, detail of south wall
  • The Civil War, detail of north wall
  • Labor and The Land, east lobby
  • The Social History of the State of Missouri
  • Our Day, from Epochs in the History of Man
  • Students in front of Edward Millman's Women's Contribution to America's Progress
  • Progress of the American Negro: Five Great American Negroes
  • The First Amendment
  • Swing Landscape
  • Untitled, from the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Relief Blues
  • Dead End
  • Mining Village
  • Sheep-Skinners
  • Miner Joe
  • Bootleg Coal Mining
  • Aftermath
  • Lament
  • Going to Work
  • Execution
  • Farmer with Hayloader
  • Torchlight Procession
  • Maritime and General Strike
  • War and Peace
  • For All These Rights We've Just Begun to Fight: Register/Vote
  • Cover of New Masses
  • On Safari with Harari
  • Prophet Among the Ruins
  • Dream Catch in the window of Franklin Simon and Co., New York
  • Dream Catch
  • Sunny Side of the Street
  • American Shrimp Girl
  • Endless Voyage
  • Carnival
  • Nine Men
  • Mina
  • Diego Martelli
  • The Brown Sweater
  • Nude in Studio
  • Studio Interior with Statue
  • Eddie
  • The Spanish Family
  • Art Shields
  • Bill McKie
  • Welcome Home
  • The Trial
  • Election Night
  • Medicine Show
  • The Roaring Tropics
  • Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America
  • This, My Brother
  • The Ingram Case
  • Harvest Talk
  • Bar'n Grill
  • Race riots were very numerous all over the North because of the antagonism that was caused between the Negro and white workers.
  • Painting the Bilges
  • This is Harlem
  • Night Flying
  • The Four Corners
  • 59th Street Bridge
  • From Out of the South
  • Ancestor Worship
  • Singing and Mending
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In this book I argue that the years between the late 1920s and the mid-1950s saw the rise and decline of what may be described as a left movement in American art...
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~Emerging out of a scene of intense factionalism in 1919 and numerically dominated by foreign-language speakers, the political formation that became the American Communist movement did not operate as a single party until 1923. A movement that at the outset had more than 40,000...
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~This chapter analyses the models of revolutionary art current in the Third Period, drawing mainly on New Masses and Art Front, the magazine of the Artists’ Union of New York. To simplify somewhat, these magazines represent respectively the standpoints of the ‘proletarian and proletarianized’ artists and the artist fellow-travellers.
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~As I said in the introduction, my aim is to treat the art associated with the Communist movement as a social practice. From this perspective it is essential to take into account the different contexts of its display. That is, we need to consider both how exhibitions organised by Communist artists differed from those in museums and commercial galleries, and how these...
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~In the last chapter I considered ways in which works by artists associated with the Communist movement functioned in the different environments of the John Reed Club and Whitney Museum exhibitions. The question addressed in this chapter is related, namely: what meanings did works by these same artists acquire when they were produced in the context of the first of...
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~As the 1930s wore on a relentless sequence of events contributed to the mounting sense of international crisis. The invasion of Ethiopa, continuing Japanese aggression in China, the Spanish Fascist rebellion, the Anschluss and the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia rendered the expansionist...
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~Like revolutionary art, social art was defined through a range of interconnected exhibition spaces, the key ones being those provided by bodies in which the Communist Party played a motivating role, namely the Artists’ Union, the American Artists’ Congress, the American Artists School, An American Group, Inc., and the ACA Gallery. A mere...
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~This chapter has to be far more a narrative of individuals than my considerations of the earlier phases of social art for, as I have shown, the artistic...
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~In this book I have tried to give a materialist history of the Communist movement in the United States as it bore on the visual arts, and to analyse the works and thinking of Communist artists and fellow-travellers from the perspective of critical Marxism at the millennium. There is an apparent paradox here, in that many of the artists I have been concerned...
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