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In the Shadow of Yalta

Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989

Piotr Piotrowski

Piotr Piotrowski

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498 pages | 223 halftones | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781861894380 Published May 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781861898630 Published October 2011 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $27.50 to $30.00 ISBN: 9781861896735 Published May 2009

 In this comprehensive study of the artistic culture of the region between the Iron Curtain and the former Soviet Union, Piotr Piotrowski chronicles the relationship between avant-garde art production and post–World War II politics in such Iron Curtain nations as Bulgaria, the  Czech Republic, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia. Featuring more than 200 images, most by artists largely unfamiliar to an English-speaking audience, In the Shadow of Yalta is a fascinating portrait of the inspiring art made in a region—and at a time—of critical importance in modern Europe.

Reviews in History

"Piotrowski’s book is a truly ground breaking publication, both in its scope and in its critical approach, in its engagement with theory and with artistic practice as well as with the wider geopolitical framework of the Cold War. It provides plenty of illuminating insights into the pages of post-1945 avant-gardes and their discourses . . . Piotrowski contextualizes the shifting kaleidoscope of artworlds in the Other Europe within a wider realm of debates at the heart of contemporary art criticism. Remarkably, the book is not addressed solely to the ‘ignorant’ western audience, but equally so to the contemporary Eastern European reader, whose knowledge about the art of other ‘brotherly countries’ is also likely to be minimal."–Reviews in History

Burlington Magazine (UK)

"Piotrowski's achievement is to disinter the histories of various forms of modernism, post-modernism and the neo-avant-garde that flourished in Eastern Europe, to disentangle the fruitful misunderstandings on which some of them were based and to explain the originality that lay behind many of the apparent inconsistencies . . . Piotrowski writes clearly and readably, even in translation, and his groundbreaking study is augmented with numerous illustrations."–Burlington Magazine

Contents
1. The Geography and History of Art in Eastern Europe

Part I: Behind the Iron Curtain Before 1948

2. The Surrealist Interregnum, 1945-8

 

Part 2: Modernism and Totalitarianism

3. The ‘Thaw’ of Art Informel

4. Myths of Geometry

5. Un-Socialist Realism

6. The Critique of Painting: Towards the Neo-avant-garde

 

Part 3: The Neo-avant-garde and ‘Real Socialism’ in the 1970s

7. Mapping the Neo-avant-garde, c. 1970

8. Conceptual Art between Theory of Art and Critique of the System

9. The Politics of Identity: Male and Female Body Art

 

Epilogue: The Spectres Haunting Europe in the 1980s

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