Maja Fowkes: The Green Bloc: Neo-Avant-Garde Art and Ecology Under Socialism (2015)

4 December 2017, dusan

“Expanding the horizon of established accounts of Central European art under socialism, The Green Bloc uncovers the neglected history of artistic engagement with the natural environment in the Eastern Bloc. Focussing on artists and artist groups whose ecological dimension has rarely been considered, including the Pécs Workshop from Hungary, OHO in Slovenia, TOK in Croatia, Rudolf Sikora in Slovakia, and the Czech artist Petr Štembera, Maja Fowkes’s innovative research brings to light an array of distinctive approaches to nature, from attempts to raise environmental awareness among socialist citizens to the exploration of non-anthropocentric positions and the quest for cosmological existence in the midst of red ideology. Embedding artistic production in social, political, and environmental histories of the region, this book reveals the artists’ sophisticated relationship to nature, at the precise moment when ecological crisis was first apprehended on a planetary scale. ”

Publisher Central European University Press, New York and Budapest, 2015
ISBN 9789633860687, 9633860687
viii+299 pages
via Memory of the World

Reviews: Katalin Cseh-Varga (Springerin, 2015, DE), Juliane Debeusscher (Critique d’art, 2018).

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Henry M. Sayre: The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 (1989)

21 July 2017, dusan

Looks at the development of American avant-garde art. Considers feminist performance, particularly by Laurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, and Carolee Schneemann; dance and collaboration as a new form of Gesamtkunstwerk; poets of the vernacular landscape and the postmodern sublime; and the application of Roland Barthes’s theories to Sayre’s own concepts of the relationship between photography and live art (ch 7).

Publisher University of Chicago Press, 1989
ISBN 0226735575, 9780226735573
xvi+308 pages

Reviews: Roger F. Malina (Leonardo, 1992), George J. Leonard (LA Times, 1989).

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Klaus Groh (ed.): Aktuelle Kunst in Osteuropa (1972) [German]

25 November 2015, dusan

“This book by the West-German mail artist, editor and collector Klaus Groh, published in 1972, was an important contribution to familiarizing Western Europe with Eastern-European, primarily conceptual art and land art, body art, action, etc. This frequently cited publication includes works by 78 artists.” (Source)

Publisher DuMont-Schauberg, Cologne, 1972
ISBN 3770106172, 9783770106172
222 pages
via Artpool Budapest

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