Dziewańska, Marta, Degotʹ, Ekaterina, Budraĭtskis, Ilʹi︠a︡, and Aslanyan, Anna
By placing emerging artists in their political and social contexts, this collection attempts to confront the new activist scene that has arisen in the Russian art world during the past years. The recent explosion of protests in Russia—often with their very purpose being to decry the lack of artistic freedom—is a symptom of a fundamental change in culture heralded by Vladimir Putin's first election. This shift was precipitated by the change to a highly commercial, isolated world, financed and informed by oligarchs. In response, the Russian contemporary art scene has faced shrinking freedom yet an even more urgent need for expression. While much of what is emerging from the Moscow art scene is too new to be completely understood, the editors of this volume seek to bring to light the important work of Russian artists today and to explicate the political environment that has given rise to such work. Post-Post-Soviet? will feature both criticism by writers and scholars, as well as dialogues with artists. Contributors include Boris Kagarlitsky, Ekaterina Degot, Keti Chukhrov, Boris Buden, Artur Zmijewski, and others.
Artforum International. March 2011, Vol. 49 Issue 7, p69, 2 p.
Books -- Book reviews, History becomes form : Moscow conceptualism (Nonfiction work) -- Book reviews, and The Experimental Group: Ilya Kabakov, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet Avant-Gardes (Nonfiction work) -- Book reviews
HISTORY BECOMES FORM: MOSCOW CONCEPTUALISM, BY BORIS GROYS. CAMBRIDGE, MA: MIT PRESS, 2010. 224 PAGES. $28. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP: ILYA KABAKOV, MOSCOW CONCEPTUALISM, SOVIET AVANT-GARDES, BY MATTHEW JESSE JACKSON. CHICAGO: [...]
Art-Press; oct2009, Issue 360, p34-41, 8p, 5 Color Photographs
The article focuses on the state of Russian art in Russia. It highlights the popularity of a bizarre and fantastical lighting system in Russian art exhibitions. It also notes the controversies surrounding Russian art including authenticity, surrealism and the role of Russian youth artists on the future of the art scene in the nation.