Shostakovich in music, Eisenstein in film, and look, there’s an essay on this
Painting between the lines.
Don’t you just like to read this kind of thing, see that it’s possible?
They were their country’s first homegrown art movement; and they were the first Russian artists to break with state-sanctioned styles.
This could be said of some anons, though not in the form of painting as far as I’m aware. There are cartoonists that can be pretty funny. Paintings are dead, memes are the new paintings. Some memes can inspire people as much as paintings did in previous times. And oftentimes a meme won’t get you banned so perhaps some could write an essay on Memeing Between the Lines.
Nothing causes reflection like that which is not state-sanctioned. State-sanctioned means “don’t reflect”.
The same people who dismiss memes as trivial tend to be the same ones who exclusively speak in a state-sanctioned manner. For me, it seems obvious that they can exemplify the standards of Kant and Hegel for art that I showed you.
Is this true about our state-sanctioned artists, you think they’re scared or is it something else
As people involved in the state’s massive propaganda activities, artists performed a manipulative function that served the state’s purposes. Regarding artists as, in some degree, public servants, Stalin might have felt that mutual suspicion, rather than outright terror, was the best way to enforce their obedience.
I think that there is a subtle paranoia. Both fear and paranoia are probably so “natural” at this point they aren’t even recognized anymore. Reminds me of Hobbes’ notion that people are driven by the fear of violent death, except it’s about social death.
At first it seemed so counter-intuitive to me that painters could be political esotericists, and then when I thought of memes it seems like the most obvious thing ever. That’s the main form of esotericism in our time arguably- “drawings”.
Algorithm bannings are pretty effective it seems however. Pictures much more easily get past the censors than the written word.
Here’s an example of how they did it in the nineteen-twenties