Beat Art, artists and art
In the aftermath of World War II, at the dawn of the Cold War, a new aesthetic emerged in America among a generation of young poets and visual artists. Calling themselves the Beats, these artists formed a potent underground that offered an alternative to the complacent conformity of the Eisenhower years. But many of them also shared a powerful vision of their country's future and viewed with great sadness the vast chasm between the promise of the American dream and its uneven fulfillment. Seeking to bridge this gap through their art, they produced gritty and vibrant work that, like the Beats themselves, made a virtue of breaking the rules.