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Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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One of the powers of art is its ability to convey the human aspects of political events. In this fascinating survey on art, artists, and anarchism, Allan Antliff interrogates critical moments when anarchist artists have confronted pivotal events over the past 140 years. The survey begins with Gustave Courbet’s activism during the 1871 Paris Commune (which established the F ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published November 1st 2006)
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Mira
This is an amazing book about the interconnections of art and social disruption/communal anarchy. Not exactly a time line of the history of anarchy and art (the chapters obviously follow high points in the relationship between art and politics and most recognised events like the Provos sit-ins in Amsterdam and New York college protests during the Vietnem War) but a good survey of it all.
Also exposes a little of the intrigue and hostility between artists that considered themselves communal anarc
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M-R-N-D-R
okay, SERIOUSLY amazing book! starts in mid-1800s, covers impressionists, shows just how many artists were tied to anarchist movements (like Seurat and Pissarro?!), and has some seriously rad anti-communist critique. ROCK, really cool, mindblowing artists through the book, and the analysis draws in a lot of philosophy without the least trace of pretension. another fast read
AJ
Mostly skimmed it to check out the art, which there really wasn't much of.
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