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Central Asia in Art: From Soviet Orientalism to the New Republics

Central Asia in Art: From Soviet Orientalism to the New Republics
Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen

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In the midst of the space race and nuclear age, Soviet Realist artists were producing figurative oil paintings. Why? How was art produced to control and co-opt the peripheries of the Soviet Union, particularly Central Asia? Presenting the 'untold story' of Soviet Orientalism, Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen re-evaluates the imperial project of the Soviet state, placing the Orientalist undercurrent found within art and propaganda production in the USSR alongside the creation of new art forms in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. From the turmoil of the 1930s through to the post-Stalinist era, the author draws on meticulous new research and rich illustrations to examine the political and social structures in the Soviet Union - and particularly Soviet Central Asia - to establish vital connections between Socialist Realist visual art, the creation of Soviet identity and later nationalist sentiments.

Author Info

Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen is an art historian specializing in twentieth-century and contemporary Central asian art. She holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784533526
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 246
Width: 189
Illustrations: 101 colour and bw integrated

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