Sunday, April 04, 2010

Anti-American Art: Red Dawn

While this 1960s Chinese poster doesn't directly mention the United States, the message is clear. The people of Asia, Africa and Latin America are rising up to a new day free of imperialism. It's a classic Chinese-style socialist realist tableaux: all eyes are raised upward; the sweeping arrangement of the figures almost ballet-like; the unity of races and genders, and even though these aspirants are civilians, they're still packing heat to fight off any oppressors; the rising sun and pink sky speaking of a new beginning. This is the kind of propaganda art I like best with its almost religious quality: each component of the tableaux is laden with meaning and significance.

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