August 2017 Non-fiction Reaktion Books

Communist Posters edited by Mary S. Ginsberg

Communist Posters
edited by Mary S. Ginsberg


Hardback | Aug 2017 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780237244 | 432pp | 295x220mm | Temporarily unavailable | GEN | AUD$79.99, NZD$94.99

This is the first truly global survey of the history and variety of communist poster art. The book features 295 illustrations, with 290 in colour, of communist posters from throughout the world.

One of the common features of communist regimes is the use of art for revolutionary means. Posters in particular have served as beacons of propaganda – vehicles of coercion, instruction, censure, and debate – in every communist nation. They have promoted the authority of state and revolution, but have also been used as an effective means of protest. By their nature, posters are ephemeral, tied to time and place, but many have had far-reaching, long-lasting impact. They are imbued with both artistic integrity and personal conviction – Bolshevik posters, for example, are among the most vibrant, passionate graphics in art history.

This is the first truly global survey of the history and variety of communist poster art. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field, and examines a different region of the world: Russia, China, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba. This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive survey examines the broad range of political and visual cultures of communist posters, and will appeal to a wide audience interested in art, history, and politics.