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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The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

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This reissue of Makiya's well-received 1991 study inevitably addresses a different world than the one in which it was conceived, written and first disseminated. A dozen years ago, the withering ... Read full review

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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

The Art of the Monument
5
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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Kanan Makiya's books include "The Monument: Art, Vulgarity, and Responsibility in Iraq "(California, 1991), "Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World "(1993), and "The Rock: A Seventh Century Tale of Jerusalem "(2002).

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