Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition
Politicized Art under Late Socialism


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Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition
Politicized Art under Late Socialism

Gerardo Mosquera (Contributions)
Minglu Gao (Contributions)
Peter Gyorgy (Contributions)
Boris Groys (Contributions)
Misko Suvakovic (Contributions)
Ales Erjavec (Editor)
Martin Jay (Foreword)



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The Berlin Wall was coming down, the Soviet Union was dissolving, Communist China was well on its way down the capitalist path. Artists, seeing it all first-hand, responded with a revolution of their own. What form this revolution took emerges in this volume.

But their essays also reveal a clear pattern in the ways in which artists registered the exhaustion of the socialist vision and absorbed the influence of art movements such as constructivism, pop art, and conceptual art, as well as the provocations of western pop culture. Indebted to but not derived from capitalist postmodernism, the result was a unique version of postsocialist postmodernism, an artistic/political innovation clearly identified and illustrated for the first time in these pages.


ISBN 520233344
ISBN13 9780520233348
Publisher University of California Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 26/09/2003
Pages 316
Weight (grammes) 926
Published in United States
Height (mm) 254
Width (mm) 178

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Foreword Martin Jay
Introduction Ales Erjavec The Other Gaze: Russian Unofficial Art's View of the Soviet World Boris Groys Art as a Political Machine: Fragments on the Late Socialist and Postsocialist Art of Mitteleuropa and the Balkans Misko Suvakovic Neue Slowenische Kunst--New Slovenian Art: Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Self-Management, and the 1980s Ales Erjavec Hungarian Marginal Art in the Late Period of State Socialism Peter Gyorgy The New Cuban Art 208 Gerardo Mosquera Post-Utopian Avant-Garde Art in China Gao Minglu
List of Contributors Index