"American Artists Against War, 1935-2010"
Beginning with responses to fascism in the 1930s and ending with protests against the Iraq wars, Prof. McCarthy shows in his book how American artists—including Philip Evergood, David Smith, H. C. Westermann, Ed Kienholz, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Chris Burden, Robert Arneson, Martha Rosler, and Coco Fusco—have borne witness, registered dissent, and asserted the enduring ability of imagination to uncover truths about individuals and nations.
An expert on 20th-century American art, McCarthy also is the author of The Nude in American Painting, 1950–1980, Pop Art, and H. C. Westermann at War: Art and Manhood in Cold War America, as well as essays in American Art, Art Bulletin, and Art Journal. His research has been supported by Luce Foundation and Smithsonian fellowships. The project on artists’ opposition to war is the product of years in archives and libraries across the United States.