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Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution$
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Jacopo Galimbert, Noemi de Haro García, and Victoria H. F. Scott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526117465

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526117472

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Introduction: the art of contradiction

Introduction: the art of contradiction

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(p.1) Introduction: the art of contradiction
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Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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Jacopo Galimberti, Noemi de Haro García, Victoria H. F. Scott
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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526117472.00005

Art and images were and continue to be central channels for the transnational circulation and reception of Maoism. While there are several books about the significance of Mao Zedong and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, this collection of seventeen essays constitutes the first effort to demonstrate the global influence of Maoism on art and images, from 1945 to the present. The Introduction explores the protean quality of this political phenomenon, especially when it crossed paths with, and was expressed through, the visual arts. After providing an overview of the contents and organisation of the chapters, which challenge the traditional geographies of art history, the Introduction states that collectively, the studies reveal that the cultural contradictions that are always present in art and art history research remain a powerful source of political social, and aesthetic transformation.

Keywords:   Mao, global Maoism, Maoism, art, Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1960s, propaganda, political art, aesthetics, art history

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