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Art Under Control in North Korea


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Jane Portal is Matsutaro Shoriki Chair in the Department of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is the author of Korea - Art and Archaeology (2000) and Chinese Love Poetry (2004).


Jane Portal's fascinating study of the interface between art and politics in North Korea The Guardian the dispassionate and knowledgeable handling of the material is welcome in a field where comment is largely either adulatory or denigrating ... The author's careful discussion of historical, political, social and historiographic themes may appear to take the subject away from art; but in fact serves to underline how, in DPRK, art embodies and mediates all these themes. Asian Affairs If only all political histories were accompanied by such engaging visual material ... an accessible introduction. Bookforum Well-illustrated and transparently written, it is a useful introduction to North Korea's peculiar art world. Museum Anthopology

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