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Socialist Realism

The Evocative Photos Of Aleksandr Rodchenko, Who Changed The Way We See Photography

HuffPost Italy | Silvia De Santis | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

Before Stalin-era Soviet restrictions on artistic expression turned Aleksandr Rodchenko's work into a paean to Communism, the legendary Russian ar...

The Beatles Song "Back in the USSR" Connects Hispanic and Ex-Soviet Artists

Penka Skachkova | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Penka Skachkova

Alexey believes that change is possible when more people embrace their own judgments of reality and stop accepting ideologies that are passed onto them. That's why, according to him, "Back in the USSR" is true art.

Public, Private, and Political Art in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

During the Communist era, the governments in East-Central Europe tried to shoehorn art into the category of socialist realism. Artists were reconfigured as cultural workers who ideally created works to advance society. Many artists, not surprisingly, refused to play this game.

East German Painter Dies At 92

AP | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts

BERLIN -- Willi Sitte, one of East Germany's most eminent artists and a key representative of Communism's preferred socialist realism painting style, ...

The Buried Revolution

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In Cuba, the word "revolution" is absent from popular predictions for the new year, as the majority of citizens no longer consider it a dynamic entity. When they refer to the prevailing model in the country they do so as if it were a straightjacket.