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A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s

Edited by Laura Hoptman and Tomas Pospiszyl

A sourcebook of primary documents on Eastern and Central European art from the second half of the twentieth century.

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A sourcebook of primary documents on Eastern and Central European art from the second half of the twentieth century.

Although a number of books have told the story of modern and contemporary art in Eastern and Central Europe, missing from these accounts have been the sources themselves. This book, the result of years of research by an international team of artists, curators, editors, translators, and scholars working with the Museum of Modern Art, presents primary documents drawn from the artistic archives of Eastern and Central Europe during the second half of the twentieth century. Because the practice of criticism in this region was for many years almost completely suppressed, the writings of the artists themselves often fulfill a critical as well as an aesthetic and ideological function. The manifestoes, photo essays, proposals, scripts, and other writings assembled here comprise the first anthology of this material in any language. The source materials presented—almost all of them previously untranslated into English—are from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The book is introduced by Ilya Kabakov. Each chapter is preceded by a brief introduction and is followed by a case study that chronicles an event or the creation or reception of an artwork, illustrating the issues raised in that chapter.

Hardcover

$38.95 T | £30.00 ISBN: 9780262083133 304 pp. | 9.5 in x 6.375 in 90 b&w illus.

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Laura Hoptman

Laura Hoptman is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tomas Pospiszyl

Tomas Pospiszyl is Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Prague.

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  • This major anthology...will inevitably overshadow the efforts that came before.

    Alexei Monroe

    Central Europe Review