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

Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art by Robert W. Cherny B o o k R e v i e w s        115 Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art Robert W. Cherny Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017 xvii + 321 pp., $95.00 (cloth); $34.95 (paper); $30.00 (ebook) A reappraisal of Victor Arnautoff (1896 – 1979) is long overdue. Unjustly forgotten, he was a famed muralist of the Left in Depression- era San Francisco. Until now many of the best labor artists, such as Anton Refregier, Lucienne Bloch, and Fletcher Martin, are routinely subordinated to their East Coast Federal Art Project colleagues Ben Shahn, Moses Soyer and Raphael Soyer, and Alice Neel. In Arnautoff ’s case, Robert W. Cherny, an emeritus professor of history at San Francisco State University, has now provided a biography to l fi l one gap in previous scholarship. The research here is exhaustive. To name a few primary- source collections, it includes Arnautoff ’s voluminous papers, surveillance materials of the FBI and the House Un- American Activities Committee (HUAC), Russian archival documents, his col- leagues’ oral histories, interviews with his family, and Arnautoff ’s own published works. The book itself is graced with beautiful color reproductions. There are many in black and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

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

Labor , Volume 15 (3) – Sep 1, 2018

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Copyright © 2018 Labor and Working-Class History Association
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1547-6715
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1558-1454
DOI
10.1215/15476715-6910391
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B o o k R e v i e w s        115 Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art Robert W. Cherny Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017 xvii + 321 pp., $95.00 (cloth); $34.95 (paper); $30.00 (ebook) A reappraisal of Victor Arnautoff (1896 – 1979) is long overdue. Unjustly forgotten, he was a famed muralist of the Left in Depression- era San Francisco. Until now many of the best labor artists, such as Anton Refregier, Lucienne Bloch, and Fletcher Martin, are routinely subordinated to their East Coast Federal Art Project colleagues Ben Shahn, Moses Soyer and Raphael Soyer, and Alice Neel. In Arnautoff ’s case, Robert W. Cherny, an emeritus professor of history at San Francisco State University, has now provided a biography to l fi l one gap in previous scholarship. The research here is exhaustive. To name a few primary- source collections, it includes Arnautoff ’s voluminous papers, surveillance materials of the FBI and the House Un- American Activities Committee (HUAC), Russian archival documents, his col- leagues’ oral histories, interviews with his family, and Arnautoff ’s own published works. The book itself is graced with beautiful color reproductions. There are many in black and

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Published: Sep 1, 2018

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