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Primary Documents : A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s - Laura Hoptman

Primary Documents

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

By: Laura Hoptman (Editor), Tomas Pospiszyl (Editor)

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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.

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Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Secret Life of People's Culturep. 13
Virtual Estonia and No Less Virtual Moscow: An Essay on Island Mythologyp. 15
The Intellectual under Socialismp. 29
Nonofficial Art: Soviet Artists of the 1960sp. 37
The Bertalan Case: The Artistic Experiment as an Exercise and Neurotic Sublimationp. 53
A Report on the Third Czech Musical Revivalp. 56
A Case Study: Repression
The Bulldozer and Izmailovsky Park Exhibitions, Moscow, 1974: Chronology of Events, Letters, and Interviewsp. 65
Pioneers and Their Manifestosp. 79
Manifestosp. 80
Manifest "Happsoc"p. 85
An Introduction to a General Theory of Placep. 88
OHO Manifestop. 92
A History of Chance; Art as an Empty Sign; Theses for the Marly Conference of 1980p. 95
The Milano Lessons: 12--Before the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 102
A Case Study: Artists Intervene in Everyday Life
An Event for the Post Office, the Police, and the Occupants of No. 26 Vaclavkova Street, Prague 6, and for all Their Neighbors, Relatives, and Friendsp. 120
Conceptual Art and Times of Transitionp. 123
Gorgona: Art as a Way of Existencep. 124
The Ethics of Form or Aesthetics of Logicp. 140
Krzysztof Wodiczko and Polish Art of the 1970sp. 154
Moscow Romantic Conceptualismp. 162
Seven Photographsp. 174
The Readymade and the Question of the Fabrication of Objects and Subjectsp. 182
A Case Study: Weekend Art
"Weekend Art: Hallelujah the Hill"p. 192
Body Unboundp. 197
One Sunday ...p. 198
Sleep--Awakening--The Gamep. 199
Double Life: Documents for Autobiography 1959-75p. 203
Encounters with Action Artistsp. 220
Male Artist's Body: National Identity vs. Identity Politicsp. 225
Where the Heck Am I? Where Are My Things?p. 234
A Case Study: The Life and Death of a Horse
Carrying Buckets, Trotting Like Pigsp. 242
Pyramid of Animals by Katarzyna Kozyra: Letters and Articlesp. 250
Onward Toward the Retro-Avant-garde!p. 257
The Barren Flowers of Evilp. 258
Chronicle of the Eventsp. 271
The Action is on (for the time being) ...p. 277
Untitled Celebrationp. 281
Why are Laibach and NSK not Fascists?p. 285
The IRWIN Group: More Total than Totalitarianismp. 288
A Case Study: Neue Slowenische Kunst
Laibachp. 294
Scipion Nasice Sisters Theaterp. 297
IRWINp. 299
NSK State in Timep. 301
An Empty Pedestal: Between Freedom and Nationalismp. 303
The Balkanization of Alpa Europaeap. 304
A 1992 Guide for the Creation of Works of Art with Nature Themesp. 311
Monument Revisitedp. 312
Selections from "Mail Radek"p. 318
Balkan for Beginnersp. 325
The Revenge of the Backgroundp. 340
A Case Study: East Against West
An Open Letter to the Art Worldp. 345
Response to an Open Letter to the Art Worldp. 347
Why Have I Bitten a Man?p. 349
The Cultural Warp. 351
Dialoguep. 354
Acknowledgmentsp. 362
Editors and Consultantsp. 364
Selected Bibliographyp. 366
Creditsp. 371
Indexp. 372
Trustees of The Museum of Modern Artp. 375
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ISBN: 9780262083133
ISBN-10: 0262083132
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.25