Sunday, July 16, 2006

If Norman Rockwell Painted for Stalin

... the result might be something like the art world of North Korea.

In fact, there is no uncertainty at all expressed in North Korean contemporary art, no individual hopes or expressions, no mystery. As Kim Jong-il said: "A picture must be painted in such a way that the viewer can understand its meaning. If the people who see a picture cannot grasp its meaning, no matter what a talented artist may have painted it, they cannot say it is a good picture."

Still, some of it may surprise you. Be sure to watch the slide show.