The Political Aesthetics of the Armenian Avant-Garde

The Political Aesthetics of the Armenian Avant-Garde
Library Shelf Location 15.AMHA
Publication Date 2017

This book addresses late-Soviet and post-Soviet art in Armenia in the context of turbulent transformations from the late 1980s to 2004. It explores the emergence of 'contemporary art' in Armenia from within and in opposition to the practices, aesthetics and institutions of Socialist Realism and National Modernism. This historical study outlines the politics (liberal democracy), aesthetics (autonomous art secured by the gesture of the individual artist), and ethics (ideals of absolute freedom and radical individualism) of contemporary art in Armenia and points towards its limitations. Through the historical investigation, a theory of post-Soviet art historiography is developed, one that is based on a dialectic of rupture and continuity in relation to the Soviet past. As the first English-language study on contemporary art in Armenia, the book is of prime interest for artists, scholars, curators and critics interested in post-Soviet art and culture and in global art historiography.

ISBN 9780719089534
Quantity 1
Pages 320 Pages, 236mm x 30mm x 160mm
Author Angela Harutyunyan
Format Paperback
Publisher Manchester University Press
Category Art from a specific country
Keyword Post-communism
Related Country/Global Region Armenia
Language English

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