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Author Golomshtok, Igor

Common Titl Totalitarnoe iskusstvo. English
Title Totalitarian art : in the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Fascist Italy and the People's Republic of China / Igor Golomstock ; translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler

Publ Info New York, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2011
 RWU Main Library  N6988 .G5813 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xxxvi, 420 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Note Translation of Totalitarnoe iskusstvo, originally published in a shorter form in 1990 by Collins Harvill
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction -- Color plates -- Preface -- Preface to the second edition -- Part 1: Process -- Chapter 1: Modernism And Totalitarianism -- Artist and "the revolution of the spirit" (1907-17) -- Art and social revolution-futurism under the red flag at the service of two revolutions (1917-23) -- Avant-garde and the left artists (1917-23) -- Contribution of the avant-grade -- Chapter 2: Between Modernism And Total Realism -- When those who had fallen silent began to speak: the end of the avant-garde (1922-28) -- Interim style (1922-32) -- Encounter in Venice (1924-34) -- German avant-garde and "Kulturbolschewismus" (1905-33) -- Battle for art (1923-33) -- Chapter 3: From Words To Action -- Ideology: socialist realism and the principles of the fuhrer -- Organization: the megamachine of totalitarian culture -- Terror: totalitarianism against modernism -- Italy on the path to total realism -- Appendix: Chinese variant -- Part 2: Product -- Prologue: Encounter in Paris (1937 and beyond) -- Chapter 4: Present, The Past And The Future (Inheritance And Traditions) -- New heights -- From the future to the past -- From the past to the present -- Chapter 5: Function And Language -- Propaganda, mass appeal and Volk spirit -- Myth and life, art and reality -- Semantic revolution and the new man -- Chapter 6: Structure -- Theme art -- Hierarchy of genres-the centre -- Official portrait (iconography of the leaders) -- Historical painting -- Battle-pieces -- Hierarchy of genres-the periphery -- Genre painting -- Landscapes, still lifes, and nudes -- Chapter 7: Architecture And Style -- Ideology in stone -- Restoration or revolution? -- To the golden age of the cathedrals -- Epilogue: Encounter in Berlin -- Postscript on Iraq -- Album of totalitarian art -- Picture sources -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Note Product Description: 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
LC subject Socialist realism in art -- Soviet Union
National socialism in art
Fascism in art
Socialist realism in art -- China
Totalitarianism and art
Art, Modern -- 20th century
Add Author Chandler, Robert, 1953-
ISBN 9781590203170 (US) :
1590203178 (US) :
9781590206706 (pbk.)
1590206703 (pbk.)
9780715640845 (UK)
0715640844 (UK)