Art and Politics
Art and Politics
Between Purity and Propaganda
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Introduction 1. Positive and Negative Integration - The First World War in France and Germany 2. Between Nationalism and Communism - Diego Rivera and Mexican Muralism 3. National and Degenerate Art - The Third Reich 4. Internal and External Enemies - The Cold War 5. From Maoism to Capitalist Communism - The People's Republic of China 6. The In-Between Space - Kara Walker's Shadow Murals 7. A Heavy Heritage - Monuments in the former Soviet Bloc Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index of Names

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- "[Segal's] command of ideas and sources is nothing short of magnificent, and nearly every page bursts with important, elegantly written and nuanced observations. If you're ready to de-reify your brain, read this." - Eric A. Gordon, People's World, 2016

- Radio interview with KCRW Radio . Read the accompanying blog post here

Joes Segal

Art and Politics

Between Purity and Propaganda

In Art and Politics, Segal explores the collision of politics and art in seven enticing essays. The book explores the position of art and artists under a number of different political regimes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, traveling around the world to consider how art and politics have interacted and influenced each other in different conditions.

Joes Segal takes you on a journey to the Third Reich, where Emil Nolde supported the regime while being called degenerate; shows us Diego Rivera creating Marxist murals in Mexico and the United States for anti-Marxist governments and clients; ties Jackson Pollock's drip paintings in their Cold War context to both the FBI and the CIA; and considers the countless images of Mao Zedong in China as unlikely witnesses of radical political change.

Joes Segal

Joes Segal is chief curator of the Wende Museum in Los Angeles and Assistant Professor of Cultural History at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.