Thanks, Fabio! This is most helpful and relief-inducing.
2 and 3 should be subject to Chinese copyright law, which did not exist until the 1980s. So common practice has been that everything before that period is considered to be copyright free. I reproduced a 1970s poster in my first book.
Even according to the law, copyright lasts only 50 years, I believe. You can check it here.
I need to reproduce three images from the following sources (all from the mid-1950s) for an upcoming publication:
1. Times of India online database via ProQuest (advertisement)
2. Guangming ribao online database (photograph)
3. Archived personal papers (Newspaper photograph that I personally clicked at the archive)
"From the Masses to the Masses is a documentary film. http://www.combatfilms.com/from-the-masses-to-the-masses.html. YOu can purchase it for personal use for $14.95 or watch it via Vimeo for $1.99. Cheers, Eric
I found this booklet quite interesting:
Hebei renmin chubanshe (河北人民出版社) (eds), Nongcun meishu shouce [农村美术手册, Handbook for art in rural villages] (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe, 1975)
It has theory and examples, both for images, slogans and calligraphy that can be used
Thank you for the recommended book and also the link you forwarded to me. I am wondering if you could let me know how I could access to the full text of the book "From the Masses to the Masses: an Artist in Mao's China."
The book I have on my shelf is Richard King, Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution. FYI, I did not work in archives but interviewed artists and produced a documentary titled "From the Masses to the Masses: an Artist in Mao's China." http://www.combatfilms.com/from-the-masses-to-the-masses.html
I am starting a project on socially-engaged art in the countryside and I am doing some background historical research. I was wondering if any of you had experience doing research in local archives on rural art during the Cultural Revolution. I would like to know what to expect before going back to China in the summer. Also, do you have any suggestion for secondary literature (in Chinese or English) on the topic?
First thought on places to look are
1.) Sun Yan, The Chinese Reassessment of Socialism, 1976-1992
2.) Zhang Shu Guang, Beijing's Economic Statecraft during the Cold War, 1949–1991
2.) Amy King, China-Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
3.) Julian Gewirtz, Unlikely Partners