Cold War Expressionism: Perverting the Politics of Perception/Bombast, Blacklists and Blockades in the Postwar Art World

This book is an expose of the art world after World War II where a new triumphalism and a growing conservatism on the part of the US helped bring to power a depoliticized art which went under the rubric of Abstract Expressionism and which functioned as an advertisement for American capitalism while erasing the social impulses of prior European Modernisms and the American Social Expresionists. More

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About Dennis Broe

Dennis Broe is a film, art and television scholar and critic and expert on such areas as film noir, the Western, and contemporary serial television. His current book is The end of leisure and the birth of the binge: Hyperindustrialism and Serial TV. His previous works include: a book on 1950s television titled Maverick or How the West Was Lost (Wayne State University Press); Class, Crime and International Film Noir: Globalizing America's Dark Art: Class (Palgrave-Macmillan) and Film Noir, American Workers and Postwar Hollywood (University Press of Florida), a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. His film, television and art criticism appears on the Pacifica Radio Network and the James Agee Cinema Circle as well as on Art District Radio in Paris and on the British websites Cultural Matters and Crime Fiction Lover. His Ph.D. is from New York University and he taught previously in New York at Rutgers, Hofstra and Long Island University where he headed a master’s program. He currently teaches at the Sorbonne.


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