New Narratives of Russian and East European Art: Between Traditions and Revolutions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

New Narratives of Russian and East European Art

Between Traditions and Revolutions, 1st Edition

Edited by Galina Mardilovich, Maria Taroutina


234 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 62 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together thirteen scholars to introduce the newest and most cutting-edge research in the field of Russian and East European art history. Reconsidering canonical figures, re-examining prevalent debates, and revisiting aesthetic developments, the book challenges accepted histories and entrenched dichotomies in art and architecture from the nineteenth century to the present. In doing so, it resituates the artistic production of this region within broader socio-cultural currents and analyzes its interconnections with international discourse, competing political and aesthetic ideologies, and continuous discussions over identity.

Table of Contents

Introduction [Maria Taroutina and Galina Mardilovich]; PART I: Mobile Margins: Artists, Artworks, and Instituions; Chapter One. Blood, Skin, and Paint: Karl Briullov in 1832: Allison Leigh; Chapter Two: Iaroslavna’s Lament and its Echoes in Late Nineteenth-Century Russian Art: Alison Hilton; Chapter Three: An Exercise in Close Looking: Ilia Repin’s They Did Not Expect Him: Galina Mardilovich; Chapter Four: "Is disagreement among artists a good thing?": The End of Salon-Type Exhibitions in Russia and Western Europe: Andrey Shabanov; Chapter Five: Blurring Boundaries: Mikhail Vrubel’s Decorative Turn and the Rise of Russian Modernism: Maria Taroutina; Chapter Six: Idiosyncrasy as an Alternative Modernist Narrative: Steven Mansbach PART II: Visualizing Ideology: New systems, Cold War Aesthetics, and Post-Socialist Memory; Chapter Seven: Art in the Age of Binary Inversion: Russian Constructivist Graphic Design and the Interwar Grid: Kristin Romberg; Chapter Eight: The Creative Mistakes of Socialist Realism: Maria Mileeva; Chapter Nine: A Socialist Neo-Avant-Garde? The Case of Postwar Yugoslavia: Nikolas Drosos; Chapter Ten: The Troubled Public Sphere: Understanding the Art Scene in Socialist Hungary: Katalin Cseh-Varga ; Chapter Eleven: The Nonidentity Problem in Contemporary Belarusian Art: Tatsiana Zhurauliova; Chapter Twelve: Marking Memories, Mediating Histories in the Work of Deimantas Narkevičius: Ksenia Nouril; Chapter Thirteen: History and the Senses: Recent Installations by Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina: Jane A. Sharp

About the Editors

Galina Mardilovich is Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, USA.

Maria Taroutina is Assistant Professor of Art History at Yale–NUS College, Singapore.

About the Series

Studies in Art Historiography

Studies in Art Historiography
The aim of this series is to support and promote the study of the history and practice of art historical writing focussing on its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present day in all areas and all periods. Besides addressing the major innovators of the past it also encourages re-thinking ways in which the subject may be written in the future. It ignores the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression 'art history' and allows and encourages the full range of enquiry that encompasses the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics falling within archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and other specialist disciplines and approaches. It welcomes contributions from young and established scholars and is aimed at building an expanded audience for what has hitherto been a much specialised topic of investigation. It complements the work of the Journal of Art Historiography.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Russian & Former Soviet Union
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
HISTORY / Revolutionary
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union