by Walter Robinson
Ah, North Korea. How fascinating is the idea of art in the super-Stalinist Hermit Kingdom, which values its Socialist Realist propaganda paintings so highly, according to collector Uli Sigg, that it almost never agrees to their export? Some day, in the post-Kim era, we’ll be able to get a good look at it. In the meantime, we have Art under Control in North Korea
(Reaktion Books, 2005, $35) by Jane Portal, a curator at the British Museum.