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East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe

East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe
Library Shelf Location 15b.EEIR
Publication Date May 2006
Description Afterall is a research and publishing organisation based in London and Los Angeles. Since 1999, Afterall has produced a semi-annual critical journal of art, context, and inquiry that aims to give prominence to the work of artists and its effect on a wider cultural and political debate. Afterall is now introducing "Afterall Books" to complement the journal and present further research into the social and theoretical context of contemporary art practice. These beautifully produced and richly illustrated publications present critical analysis of contemporary artists' ideas and intentions and consider the impact and ongoing influence of the works they produce. It presents a reconstruction of the missing history of contemporary art, art networks, and art conditions in Eastern Europe from the East European perspective. The artistic map of Europe contains different degrees of detail and resolution. Italy, France, and Spain are presented in fine grain, but the Balkan peninsula is little more than a vague outline. England, Germany, and Scandinavia have many features filled in, but to the east of Germany things are blurred. Until recently, cities like Sofia, Odessa, Skopje, and Belgrade had next to no definition. Further to the East, Moscow comes into focus, but this is no compensation for the Baltics, sentenced for the last half-century to blank space. In the West, virtually every move of the artist, the art market, and the art public is documented. But in Eastern Europe, no such system of documentation or communication exists. Instead, we encounter systems that are not only inaccessible to the West, but incongruous from one country to the next. Beside the official art histories there is often a whole series of stories and legends about "unofficial," unapproved art and artists. "East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe" is an ambitious attempt to reconstruct the missing histories of contemporary art in Eastern Europe from an East European and artistic perspective. It is perhaps the widest ranging art documentation project ever undertaken by the East on the East, involving a large network of artists, scholars, curators and critics coordinated by the IRWIN group over several years. The editors invited eminent art critics, curators, and artists to present up to ten crucial art projects produced in their respective countries over the past 50 years. The choice of the particular artworks (many of them reproduced in colour), artists, and events, as well as their presentation, was left exclusively to the individual selectors. In addition, the editors asked experts from both East and West to provide longer texts offering cross-cultural perspectives on the art of both regions.
ISBN 9781846380051
Quantity 1
Pages 500
Editor Irwin
Format Paperback
Publisher Afterall Publishing
Category Art from a specific town/city/region
Related Country/Global Region Eastern Europe
Language English

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