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Art under Stalin

Author: Matthew Cullerne Bown
Publisher: New York : Holmes & Meier, 1991.
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"In 1932 Josef Stalin abolished all independent artistic organizations in the USSR. From then on the new guiding principle of partiinost, the requirement of absolute allegiance to the Party, gave rise to a unique period in the history of art." "Matthew Cullerne Bown's fascinating and often provocative analysis focuses on the art of the Stalin era, from 1932 to 1953, and includes discussion of the pre- and  Read more...
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Bown, Matthew Cullerne.
Art under Stalin.
New York : Holmes & Meier, 1991
(OCoLC)755286086
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Cullerne Bown
ISBN: 0841912998 9780841912991
OCLC Number: 23254184
Description: 256 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword: Stalin's Art through Soviet Eyes / Aleksandr Sidorov --
Introduction: Art under Lenin 1917-24 --
1. Communism in One Country: Reconstruction and Industrialisation 1924-32 --
2. 'Living has got better, living has got jollier': Developed Socialism 1932-41 --
3. The Fight for Life: The Great Patriotic War 1941-5 --
4. The Cult of Personality: The Apotheosis of Stalin 1945-56 --
Epilogue: Art after Stalin 1956-90.
Responsibility: Matthew Cullerne Bown.

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"In 1932 Josef Stalin abolished all independent artistic organizations in the USSR. From then on the new guiding principle of partiinost, the requirement of absolute allegiance to the Party, gave rise to a unique period in the history of art." "Matthew Cullerne Bown's fascinating and often provocative analysis focuses on the art of the Stalin era, from 1932 to 1953, and includes discussion of the pre- and post-Stalin years. The author illuminates the political and social framework of the time and provides a complete expose of Stalinist aesthetics, socialist realism in art and neo-classicism in architecture, the Cult of Personality, art-world debates, and isolationism." "The violent imposition of Stalinist culture left Soviet society scarred, and subsequent progressive liberalization in the USSR is now reaching a critical stage. This book is a timely survey of a subject never before treated in depth, and it offers an invaluable background to understanding the art, culture, and society in the Soviet Union today. It also presents a fresh assessment, free from modernist and Cold War dogma, of the aesthetic value of the art of this period." "Art under Stalin has a still wider relevance. It is a sympathetic and penetrating study of the predicament of the artist in a totalitarian system, and raises disturbing questions about how an artist can survive under oppressive restrictions and continue to believe in his or her art."--Jacket.

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