This edited collection reassesses East-Central European art by offering transnational perspectives on its regional or national histories, while also inserting the region into contemporary discussions of global issues. Both in popular imagination and, to some degree, scholarly literature, East-Central Europe is persistently imagined as a hermetically isolated cultural landscape. This book restores the diverse ways in which East-Central European art has always been entangled with actors and institutions in the wider world. The contributors engage with empirically anchored and theoretically argued case studies from historical periods representing notable junctures of globalization: the early modern period, the age of Empires, the time of socialist rule and the global Cold War, and the most recent decades of postsocialism understood as a global condition.
"This volume comes out as a rewarding, rich, and important contribution and academic reader, and the editors while collecting work dealing with art from a wide historical scope have been able to pursue fundamental and unsettling theoretical questions of the writing of art history outside the nationalist paradigm."
"The book is both an essen-tial compendium and a resourceful reference text, sustained by a solid and up-to-date theoretical discourse and empirical inquiry. It represents a critical contribution to area studies such as East European studies, opening up to a plethora of transnational histories in a strong comparative approach…"
"Hock's East European 'histories' make for an original contribution to cross-cultural, transnational and global perspectives on the production and reception of contemporary art, from which that region has been unaccountably relegated to the margins."
Part I. CHALLENGING THE NATIONAL CONTAINER. FROM THE TRANSNATIONAL TO THE PLANETARY
Part II. HYBRIDITY: IDENTITIES AND FORMS
Part III. GLOBAL COMMUNITIES AND THE TRAFFIC IN IDEAS
Part IV. CONTEMPORARY ART PRAXIS AND THE PRODUCTION OF DISCOURSES
Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.