Izabel Galliera: Socially Engaged Art After Socialism: Art and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (2017)

17 January 2019, dusan

“Reclaiming public life from the ideologies of both communist regimes and neoliberalism, their projects have harnessed the politically subversive potential of social relations based on trust, reciprocity and solidarity. Drawing on archival material and exclusive interviews, in this book Izabel Galliera traces the development of socially engaged art from the early 1990s to the present in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. She demonstrates that, in the early 1990s, projects were primarily created for exhibitions organized and funded by the Soros Centers for Contemporary Art. In the early 2000s, prior to Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania entering into the European Union, EU institutions likewise funded socially-conscious public art in the region. Today, socially engaged art is characterised by the proliferation of independent and often self-funded artists’ initiatives in cities such as Sofia, Bucharest and Budapest.

Focusing on the relationships between art, social capital and civil society, Galliera employs sociological and political theories to reveal that, while social capital is generally considered a mechanism of exclusion in the West, in post-socialist contexts it has been leveraged by artists and curators as a vital means of communication and action.”

Publisher I.B. Tauris, London/New York, 2017
ISBN 9781784537135, 1784537136
xx+361 pages

Review: Denisa Tomkova (ARTMargins, 2018).

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Alternatives in Retrospect: An Historical Overview 1969-1975 (1981)

29 December 2018, dusan

“An examination of the activities and influence of seven ‘alternative spaces’ active in New York City from the late-1960s to mid-1970s, including Gain Ground, Apple, 98 Green Street, 112 Green Street Workshop, 10 Bleecker Street, Idea Warehouse, and 3 Mercer. Most of them received little outside or institutional funding and all reflect the changing definition of “alternative space” over the decade. Preface by Marcia Tucker, with introduction by Jacki Apple, and essay by Mary Delahoyd. Includes Directors’ and artists’ statements. Published on occasion of the exhibition Alternatives in Retrospect: An Historical Overview 1969-1975.

Publisher New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1981
LCCN 8181185
52 pages

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Soundings (1981)

1 November 2018, dusan

An exhibition survey of visual artists’ use of sound, music and acoustical phenomena from 1900 through the 1980s staged at Neuberger Museum SUNY from 20 September-23 December 1981.

Artists include Robert Morris, Meredith Monk, Bernhard Leitner, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Nam June Paik, and many others.

Essays by Suzanne Delehanty, Dore Ashton, Germano Celant and Lucy Fischer.

Edited by Suzanne Delehanty
Publisher Neuberger Museum/State University of New York, Purchase, NY, 1981
ISBN 093403205X, 9780934032056
96 pages

Exh. reviews: Vivien Raynor (New York Times, 1981), John Rockwell (New York Times, 1981), Robert Sherman (New York Times, 1981), Peter Frank (Art Journal, 1982).

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