Moribund Art Returns

Oh nyet, not again! The second unfortunate thing about a possible reprise of the Cold War with Russia is the return of Socialist Realism parodies. A recent cover of The Economist (above) featuring Putin liberally borrows from the Lenin poster (below). It’s not that the former is inappropriate; it’s just so unimaginatively retro. If the incursion into Georgia does erupt into a real cold war, how about we keep Socialist Realism on ice?

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.