Margot Mifflin
July 17, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Art as Activist: Revolutionary Posters From Central and Eastern Europe

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
publisher
Universe Publishing
genre
Politics and Current Events, Nonfiction, Art/Fine Art

We gave it an A

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the political poster has had a renaissance in Central and Eastern Europe. Art As Activist illustrates a watershed era with mordant economy: Stalin appears as an enigmatic Mona Lisa; a yellow shooting star commemorates the first openly celebrated Czech Christmas in 40 years, and Latvia is depicted as a map being wrung out like a tear-soaked handkerchief. Trenchant essays and poetry round out this visual history, which conveys not just rage and jubilation, but also fear. A

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