The Monument: Art, Vulgarity, and Responsibility in Iraq

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Architecture, Modern - 153 pages
 

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In April 1981 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began constructing the Victory Arch in Baghdad. The design called for two cast arms (exact replicas of Hussein's arms from just above the elbow) holding ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations ix
xv
Preamble
xvi
The Art of the Monument
xvi
The Symbolism of the Monument
xvi
The Monument and the City
19
Politics as Art
33
Andy Warhol and Saddam Husain
41
Vulgarity and Art
49
The Kitsch of Baghdad
68
Turath as Art
78
Singling Out the Monument
101
Ethical Ambiguities
116
Notes
136
Index
147
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