Paint and be happy: the modern artist and the amateur painter, a question of distinction

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September 2011

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Journal of American culture


The article discusses the amateur art movement in the U.S. in the 1950s, examining distinctions between amateur and professional modern artists. It comments on the periodical "ARTnews," particularly exploring its monthly column "Amateur Standing." The author reflects on the views of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and "ARTnews" editor and publisher Albert Frankfurter on amateur art. Other topics include sexism in the amateur art world, the identity of artists, and a shift to a more didactic approach to art in the mid-1950s.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-734X.2011.00781.x

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