What an absolutely interesting life story. As art history becomes more and more cognizant of its global histories, I hope we learn more about artists like Arnautoff who worked on multiple continents and within transnational networks that drew on political and artistic, rather than national, affinities. I can imagine including Arnautoff's Coit Tower murals alongside Rivera and AKhRR in a classroom discussion of realisms social and socialist, though it sounds like his later mosaic work in the Soviet Union would make an interesting study as well.
Congratulations to Dr. Alice Sullivan, faculty member at Lawrence University and SHERA Secretary-Treasurer, on the publication of her article “Visions of Byzantium: The Siege of Constantinople in Sixteenth-Century Moldavia,” The Art Bulletin 99, no. 4 (December 2017): 31-68. The article is available for download here.
Join us at noon on Thursday, May 7, when historian Andrea Rodriguez discusses a WPA mural as part of the History for Lunch series at the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City. The title of her presentation is “Justice Evolves in Painted Form: Cedar Rapids Courtroom Murals.”