Central and Eastern European art since 1950 / Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes.Material type: TextSeries: World of artPublication details: London ; New York : Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2020. Description: 231 pages: illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cmISBN: 9780500204375; 0500204373Subject(s): Art, Central European -- 20th century | Art, East European -- 20th century | Arts, Modern -- 20th centuryLOC classification: N7475 | .F69 2020
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-218) and index.
1950s : competing paths to a higher form of realism -- 1960s : gestures of liberation -- 1970s : practicing impossible art -- 1980s : excesses of non-conformity -- 1990s : critical exposures -- 2000s : radical recollections of the global transitioners -- 2010s : sculpting uncertainty.
In this path-breaking new history, Maja and Reuben Fowkes introduce outstanding artworks and major figures from across central and eastern Europe to reveal the movements, theories and styles that have shaped artistic practice since 1950. They emphasize the particularly rich and varied art scenes of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia, extending their gaze at intervals to East Germany, Romania, the Baltic states and the rest of the Balkans. 0While politics in the region have been marked by unstable geography and dramatic transitions, artists have forged a path of persistent experiment and innovation. This generously illustrated overview explores the richness of their singular contribution to recent art history. Tracing art-historical changes from the short-lived unison of the socialist realist period to the incredible diversity of art in the post-communist era, the authors examine the repercussions of political events on artistic life - notably the uprisings in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the Solidarity movement in Poland, and the collapse of the communist bloc. But their primary interest is in the experimental art of the neo-avant-garde that resisted official agendas and engaged with global currents such as performance art, video, multimedia and net art.