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ALEKSANDR ZHITOMIRSKY: PHOTOMONTAGE AS A WEAPON OF WORLD WAR II AND THE COLD WAR. Erika Wolf. Art Institute of Chicago, 2016. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven. 368 pp. with 250 col. ills. 32 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780300219180 In English.
Publisher's description: The leading Russian propaganda artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907-1993) made photomontages that were airdropped on German troops during World War II. He later worked for Pravda and other leading publications, satirizing American politics and finance from the Truman through the Reagan eras and educating his public about Egypt, South Africa, Vietnam, and Nicaragua as well. Zhitomirsky favored the grotesque and the eye-catching. His villainous menagerie included Reichsminister Joseph Goebbels as a distorted simian and an airborne scorpion outfitted with an Uncle Sam hat. In this comprehensive, image-driven account of Zhitomirsky's long career, Erika Wolf explores his connections to and long friendship with the German artist John Heartfield, whose work inspired his own. Wolf also examines more than 100 of Zhitomirsky's photomontages and translates excerpts from his one published book, The Art of Political Photomontage: Advice for the Artist (1983). In an era when satirical photomontage thrives on the Internet and propaganda has reasserted itself in America and Russia alike, this study of a once-prominent yet internationally undiscovered artist is more than timely.
Artist(s):Zhitomirsky, Aleksandr
Indexing: Western, Europe — Russia/Soviet Union/Commonwealth — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 71,01,05,07,08,13,17,25
Worldwide Number: 037460
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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