Soviet & Subversive Books from Russia

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The exhibition juxtaposed the commercially printed and bound books sanctioned by the Soviet government (portraying the ideal Soviet life). With the secretly handmade books and pamphlets of artists which reveal how people actually lived and coped with the oppression of the Communist era. While the slick Soviet-sponsored books tended to be a little more than post Stalinist propaganda, many of the underground artists’ books were modestly printed using typewriters and bound with staples and sewing machines, and contain cartoons, jokes, and funny sayings which subtly criticize political life with deadpan humor and a dark cynicism. On view October 28, 1995 - December 14, 1995.

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