Art: Art for Marx's Sake

Soviet architects, like all their comrades in art, are expected to toe the line. Last week they stubbed their toes—as the painters and composers had before them. Their difficulty was a familiar one: the line had changed.

A Pravda editorial denounced the official Academy of Architecture for "slavishly toadying to the rotten bourgeois ideology." It appeared that architects had made the mistake of designing buildings that looked nonCommunist. Pravda struck equally hard at the architects who went in for many-columned neo-classical facades (like those in Washington, D.C.), and the functionalists whose housing projects...

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