Sunday, March 21, 2010

Anti-American Art: Cut and Paste

During the cultural revolution, Chinese publishers issued hundreds of clip art books, with reproducable line-art motifs of Chairman Mao, people in struggle, waving banners, and the whole realm of revolutionary graphic iconic images. Many were in this woodcut style. These books of clip art were apparently designed for people to use in local publications or flyers, though in a country without freedom of the press I'm not exactly sure how that worked. Anyway, they put Dover clip art books to shame. This 1960s image shows a Vietnamese guerrilla walking away from the smoking hulk of a downed American aircraft carrying a handful of American helmets as souvenirs.

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