Totalitarian Art

In the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Fascist Italy and ThePeople's Republicof China

Igor Golomstock - Author

Robert Chandler - Translator

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ISBN 9781590203170 | 464 pages | 14 Apr 2011 | Overlook | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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Totalitarian Art achieves nothing less than a thorough and serious comparative study of the official art of Stalin's Russia, Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Kim Jong-Il's North Korea, and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

In the Soviet Union, and later in Maoist China, theories of mass artistic appeal were used to promote the Revolution both at home and abroad. In Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy they asserted the putative grandeur of the epoch. All too often, art that served the Revolution or the new millennial society became "total realism," and always it became a slave to the state and the cult of personality, and ultimately one more weapon in the arsenal of oppression.

Igor Golomstock gives a detailed appraisal of the forms that define totalitarian art and illustrates his text with more than two hundred examples of its paintings, posters, sculpture and architecture, and includes a powerful comparative visual essay which demonstrates the eerie similarity of the official art of these very different regimes.

Praise for Totalitarian Art:

"Important and encyclopedic tome on the art produced under the twentieth century's four most brutal political systems . . . Totalitarian Art is an indispensible work of reference." -- Foreign Affairs

"In his newly updated (it was first published in 1990) Totalitarian Art in the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Fascist Italy and the People's Republic of China, Mr. Golomstock convincingly demonstrates how the overlapping aesthetic values of these superficially disparate regimes underlined how much they had in common . . . Fascinating" --Wall Street Journal

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