As ESPIONART celebrates a year of Hot Art / Cold War stories, here are some of the highlights:
The quest for the best (and worst) in Cold War art has taken us around the world and back again, from the Caribbean islands of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, via the Eastern European strongholds of Poland and Romania, through the Middle Eastern states of Iraq and Iran, and on to Vietnam and North Korea.
And we found out how Pablo Picasso put his own communist spin on some of the biggest moments of the Cold War, from the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the timely demise of Stalin (or is that a woman with a moustache?).
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom (and genocide and nuclear armageddon). There have been light-hearted moments: as with the Czechs’ gritty determination to paint a pink tank in Prague; when Andy Warhol gave Chairman Mao a glitzy makeover; the shirtless showdown between Khrushchev and a apoplectic dissident artist; and when Brezhnev and Honecker got up close and rather-too-personal on the Berlin Wall.
And if that’s not enough here’s the one about the space-travelling dog.
What were your favourite ESPIONART stories? Why not take a look through the archives and let us know your personal highlights in the Comments.
And don’t forget to sign up for plenty more Hot Art / Cold War stories over the next year.