Propaganda Prints: A History of Art in the Service of Social and Political Change

Propaganda Prints: A History of Art in the Service of Social and Political Change

by Colin Moore
     
 

Art has been used in the service of social and political movements, for good and evil, from ancient times to the present day, and Propaganda Prints explores the history, cultural diversity, and artistic legacy of art works that have had far greater impact than political and social rhetoric and have served as key catalysts for change.

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Overview

Art has been used in the service of social and political movements, for good and evil, from ancient times to the present day, and Propaganda Prints explores the history, cultural diversity, and artistic legacy of art works that have had far greater impact than political and social rhetoric and have served as key catalysts for change.

Colin Moore presents the art in themes such as political state control, opposition, revolution, politics, and social influence such as advertising and self-promotion, and provides historical context to explain the origin of the dreams and concerns that prompted mass movements.

Three hundred images are explored representing five thousand years of civilization from the ancient Mesopotamians, Romans, Crusaders, Normans, Victorians; movements such as the Suffragettes, the Nazis and the Hippies; and revolutions in America, France, Russia, Mexico, China and Cuba. From Gutenberg's printing press to You Tube, from Alexander the Great to President Obama, this review of propaganda art reflects the best and the worst of how our common hopes and dreams can be guided and manipulated by powerful, persuasive art images.

Editorial Reviews

When the topic of propaganda art pops up, most of us think of Vietnam protest posters or Tea Party banners. Colin Moore's Propaganda Prints takes a wider view, extending back to ancient Middle Eastern art and medieval crusaders. With three hundred images, Moore shows that artists have channeling their creativity on political and social issues, good and bad, for at least five millennia. Whether they are campaigning for Marxist revolutions or presidential elections; hippies or Hitler; these artistic outbreaks speak to constituencies who are looking for change. A revelatory view of hot button pushing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408105917
Publisher:
A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,286,938
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Colin Moore is UK-based architect, designer and brand consultant who has worked all over the world, sustaining a lifelong interest in visual communication through contact with the art and culture of the many places where his work has taken him. He is founder of Tile Kiln Studios, an artists' collective based in London, and his paintings and prints are regularly exhibited internationally.

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