Picasso, Korea, and "Stalinist Trash"

Michael Perelman michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Fri Apr 21 20:24:38 PDT 2000

My mother's first cousin was a high-ranking doctor in the Army during the Korean War. He was also a close friend of John Eisenhower, the Dwight's son.

He was part of the task force to determine whether or not to drop a nuclear bomb. The reason for not doing so was that the prevailing winds would have brought too much fallout on the American troops.

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:

> From Bruce Cumings, _War and Television_ (NY: Verso, 1992):
> ***** A rule of this amnesia [about the Korean War} might be, 'all
> of so-and-so's paintings (or photographs, or books, or cinema) are
> interesting except those done about Korea.' Thus I found out only by
> reading the fine print of Picasso's obituary that he did a mural in
> 1951 in the genre of _Guernica_, titled _Massacre in Korea_; I put it
> on the cover of my first book and then saw the original at the grand
> Picasso exhibition a few years ago in New York...and then read Hilton
> Kramer's review of the exhibition, where he referred to the mural as
> 'Stalinist trash.'... (146-7) *****
> Yoshie


Michael Perelman Economics Department California State University michael at ecst.csuchico.edu Chico, CA 95929 530-898-5321 fax 530-898-5901

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