Remember the horrendous backdrop of the Clinton-Kim Jong Il photo? Eric Gibson over at the Wall Street Journal does. Today, he has an excellent article on the eternal love between ruthless dictators and their bizarre monuments to totalitarian kitsch:
“This is no ordinary painting but art with a purpose. What seem to our eye as limitations are the result of deliberate intent. It’s a piece of political propaganda. As such it belongs to a subspecies of kitsch known as totalitarian kitsch, where art’s sole raison d’etre is to bolster a dictatorial regime and glorify its leader.”
All of this is well and good, but I wonder how Gibson would classify the monstrosity below. It's one form of political propaganda that will forever be seared on my retinas.