Art: Red Posters

The huge poster in Dresden's Unity Square last week was bright red with a blaring message: WE WELCOME THE FIRST SOCIALIST ART EXHIBIT. Inside an immense gallery, East Germany's Communists had set up their biggest art show since the war: 599 paintings and sculptures by artists from both sides of the Red frontier. As art, the exhibit was hardly worth a second glance, but it did serve to give the West a rare and fascinating look at what happens to artists under Moscow tutelage.

What visiting West German critics saw were rank upon rank of...

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