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The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond Hardcover – August 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691055963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691055961
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,626,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is not just a book, but an event ... The Total Art of Stalinism is an intellectual landmark.”—Art Bulletin

“Art and the celebration of power all too often coincide, and the controversial message here is that artists, for all their insights into the human condition, can make a hash of society as completely as the most cynical of politicians.”—Boston Globe

“One of the most astute commentators on the art scene today.”—New Left Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dav Ran on May 7, 2014
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This book does not have any pictures, very old, I am not interesting to read and don't know what it about and don't see any pictures.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blue Sky on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
i do not believe in the idea of this clever book that Stalinism was the final destination of Russian avant-garde artists and materialization of their dreams. i have two objections to make in this regard.

1. russian avant-garde after Kandinsky headed towards pure abstraction. no, _brilliant_ pure abstraction. at some point there was a message from soviet ideologists and theoreticians that such art is bourgeois by nature and that it must be done with. it was soviet ideologists (NOT artists) who pushed avant-garde from formal research into production in the first place. but even that was not enough. because even that was not quite what the dictatorship wanted. productivism attempted to change the world through art and creativity - it refuted labor therefore, but the dictatorship on the contrary, desired to suppress it by reducing art to labor. hence, all the troubles the artists, productivists included went through under the Stalin's rule.

2. historically, there is no relationship between dictatorship and the avant-garde art. dictatorships of different sorts were (and are) spread around the world, all had (have) similar political, social, psychological, etc origins. and avant-garde art is not one of them. period.
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