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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Mul edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836531089
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836531085
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefan R. Landsberger holds a PhD in Sinology from Leiden University, Netherlands. He is a Lecturer at the Documentation and Research Centre for Modern China, Sinological Institute, Leiden University, and one of the editors of the journal China Information. Landsberger has one of the largest private collections of Chinese propaganda posters in the world. He has published extensively on topics related to Chinese propaganda, and maintains an extensive website exclusively devoted to this genre of political communications (http://www.iisg.nl/~landsberger).

Anchee Min was born and raised in Mao's China. A staunch party supporter, she was awarded the lead role in a film to be made by Mao's wife, Jiang Ching, but the death of Mao soon after caused the film to be cancelled. In 1984, Min emigrated to the United States and later wrote the bestselling biography Becoming Madame Mao.

Poet and fiction writer Duo Duo was born in Beijing, China in 1951 and emigrated in 1989, later settling in the Netherlands, where he became a writer in residence at the Sinological Institute of Leiden University. He is considered one of the most outstanding poets to emerge after the Cultural Revolution.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Reagan on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A superb collection of good quality color and "black and white" plates that give an insiders peek of the efforts of Red China's propaganda machine. The books many illustrations are a feast for the eyes and mind on their own right, but also offer a historic perspective for the inclined. Here you'll find many examples of East meets West in illustrations that mix academic painting with traditional Chinese landscape painting, a very interesting combination.I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and recommend it highly to anyone interested in masterful visual art and or political sublimation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This review concerns the original hardback edition in English, published by M.E. Sharpe.

Hardback: cloth over boards with sewn binding. In dustjacket. 240 pp, large format on heavy paper. About 200 illustrations, over half of them in color, and many of them full-page. 10 pp of Bibliographies.

Landsberger is true authority, having spent over 20 years gathering a prodigious poster collection while undertaking a lot of research. Thus he is an ideal guide. His editorial eye and the extensive text allows the reader to experience these as both political artifacts AND works of art. Because, after all, they're both.

And the images! Stunning, moving, banal, twisted, subtle, obvious, colorful. There's a lot more here than what I expected -- the rock-jawed, firm-muscled worker hero of the Soviet type is only one way the Chinese chose to communicate.

If I won the lottery, I'd start collecting this stuff.

TABLE OF CONTENTS HIGHLIGHTS
Traditional and Modern Propagation of Behaviour in China
- Precursors of Visual Propaganda
- Communist Visual Propaganda
- Communist Propaganda Poster Until the Four Modernizations Era

The Four Modernizations Era

The Future Symbolized
- Analysis of General Subjects
- Analysis of Specific Target Groups
- Analysis of Symbolism and Imagery

Epilogue

Notes
Publication Data of Posters
Bibliography (Chinese language sources)
Bibliography (English language sources)
Index
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There is more than one book with the title Chinese Propaganda Posters, and Amazon tends to liberally apply reviews to books with the same title, so let me start by clarifying that I am reviewing the 2011 edition of the volume published by Taschen with the subtitle "From the Collection of Michael Wolf." The original edition was published in Germany in 2003. This 2011 edition features side-by-side text in three languages: English, German, and French.

Even if you don't agree with the ideology of a particular regime, looking at its propaganda art can be a moving experience. That is made abundantly clear in this gorgeous book that reproduces over 300 propaganda posters from Communist China, ranging roughly from the 1950s through the 1980s. These powerful and attractive works of popular art deliver imagery that is rarely seen in the art galleries of capitalist countries. Only in the occasional work of public art or community murals might we see portrayed such uncynically positive imagery--paeans to agriculture, industry, labor, and technology; celebrations of natural beauty and the human spirit; and illustrations of the benefits of hard work and diligent study. Of course, in the case of China under Mao Zedong, most of the utopia that's depicted is a lie. Yet, the artists of America and Europe--where it seems art must always be reacting against something--could learn a lot from the art of socialist and communist societies--where the purpose of art is to promote a better world, even if the reality falls far short of the ideal. Those who enjoy representational painting will appreciate the style of socialist realism in which these posters are painted. For the most part they are quite skillfully executed, even when the "realism" doesn't necessarily reflect reality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Chinese Art Collector on June 13, 2013
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It is a very nice book about Chinese Propaganda Posters. Like most Taschen publications, the majority of this book contain are the posters, which makes it a great reference for Chinese Propaganda Posters.

However, most of the posters that collected by this book were produced in 1970's, which missed most political campaigns occur in 1950's and 1960's, such as the Great Leap Forward and the Great Culture Revolution. This greatly limits the historic value of this book! Remember the most horrible propaganda and the massacres of China occur in 1950's and 1960's, which should not be missed!!! In addition, the artistic styles of the posters that produced in 50's and 60's are more aggressive, visually brutal and violent than those of 70's. The whole book looks like a "purified and peaceful" graphic book, which conceal the true (inhuman) image of China political campaigns.

I hope the author can include more posters of 50's and 60's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bergevin VINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I regularly peruse this book as it's fun to jump down the rabbit hole of socialist art, which is a bizarre mix of gorgeous technique and complete lack of subtlety. A child happily sits in the barber's chair with an AK-47 in his lap. People dance in the streets, waving copies of "Selected Works of Mao Zedong, Volume 5" in the air. The text on the posters offers such sagely advice as "People of the world unite and defeat the US aggressors and all their running dogs!" and "Acting in accordance with Chairman Mao's instructions means victory."

I've purchased three copies and plan to acquire more. They are excellent quality, very inexpensive, make excellent gifts, and best of all they completely freak people out. What more could you want?
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