Bibliographic Details

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.

Author / Creator Golomshtok, Igor.
Uniform title Totalitarnoe iskusstvo. English
Imprint New York : Overlook Press, 2011.
Description xxxvi, 420 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Language English
Subject Socialist realism in art -- Soviet Union.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Soviet Union.
National socialism in art.
Art, German -- 20th century.
Fascism in art.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Italy.
Socialist realism in art -- China.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- China.
Totalitarianism and art.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Art and state.
Art, Modern.
Art -- Political aspects.
Fascism in art.
National socialism in art.
Socialist realism in art.
Totalitarianism and art.
Soviet Union.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Chandler, Robert, 1953-
ISBN 9781590203170 (US)
1590203178 (US)
9781590206706 (pbk.)
1590206703 (pbk.)
9780715640845 (UK)
0715640844 (UK)
Notes Translation of Totalitarnoe iskusstvo, originally published in a shorter form in 1990 by Collins Harvill.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Colour plates
  • Preface
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Part 1. The Process
  • Chapter 1. Modernism and Totalitarianism
  • i. The artist and ôthe revolution of the spiritö (1907-17)
  • ii. Art and social revolution - Futurism under the red flag at the service of two revolutions (1917-23)
  • iii. The avant-garde and the left artists (1917-23)
  • iv. The contribution of the avant-garde
  • Chapter 2. Between Modernism and Total Realism
  • i. When those who had fallen silent began to speak: the end of the avant-garde (1922-28)
  • ii. The interim style (1922-32)
  • iii. Encounter in Venice (1924-34)
  • iv. The German avant-garde and ôKulturbolschewismusö (1905-33)
  • v. The battle for art (1923-33)
  • Chapter 3. From Words to Action
  • i. Ideology: ôSocialist Realismö and ôthe Principles of the Führerö
  • ii. Organization: the megamachine of totalitarian culture
  • iii. Terror: totalitarianism against modernism
  • iv. Italy on the path to total realism
  • v. Appendix: the Chinese variant
  • Part 2. The Product
  • Prologue: Encounter in Paris (1937 and beyond)
  • Chapter 4. The Present, the Past and the Future (inheritance and traditions)
  • i. New heights
  • ii. From the future to the past
  • iii. From the past to the present
  • Chapter 5. Function and Language
  • i. Propaganda, mass appeal and Volk spirit
  • ii. Myth and life, art and reality
  • iii. The semantic revolution and the new man
  • Chapter 6. Structure
  • i. Theme art
  • ii. The hierarchy of genres - the centre
  • a. The official portrait (iconography of the leaders)
  • b. Historical painting
  • c. Battle-pieces
  • iii. The hierarchy of genres - the periphery
  • d. Genre painting
  • e. Landscapes, still lifes, and nudes
  • Chapter 7. Architecture and Style
  • i. Ideology in stone
  • ii. Restoration or revolution?
  • iii. ôTo the golden age of the cathedralsö
  • Epilogue: Encounter in Berlin
  • Postscript on Iraq
  • Album of Totalitarian Art
  • Picture Sources
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index