Chinese Propaganda Posters: From the Collection of Michael Wolf

Chinese Propaganda Posters: From the Collection of Michael Wolf - Michael Wolf, Stefan R. Landsberger, Duo Duo This is a very good collection of Chinese propaganda posters ranging from 1949 to the 1980s, when the propaganda poster art began to decline as China opened itself more to the West. The book is arranged by themes: discipline, children, women, etc. The art itself is excellent. Granted, this was art for propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but it is clear they put a lot of effort and brought in very good artists to create the art. Within that, you can see the clear patterns and expectations of the art: certain looks, women depicted in somewhat manly fashions, so on. But there was also a lot of attention to detail.This particular edition is an oversized book. So, I suggest reading it flat on a table or laying in bed. The reproduction quality seems very good, and the annotations are informative, including telling you what banners and book titles in the paintings mean. The book also features some good introductory material to put the posters in context. Nowadays, these posters have mostly become collector items in and out of China. But they do depict a specific time period in China, and I think they do reflect a lot of the aspirations of the people, or at least of the CCP and what they wanted for their nation. This is definitely an interesting book to look through, but one also has to look at it as a piece to learn about history. Academic libraries with art collections or any history of Asia collections probably should have this.