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Art and Theory After Socialism

Art, theory, and criticism faced radical new challenges after the end of the cold war. Art and Theory After Socialism investigates what happens when theories of art from the former East and the former West collide, parsing the work of former Soviet bloc artists alongside that of their western counterparts. Mel Jordan and Malcolm Miles conclude that the dreams promised by capitalism have not been delivered in Eastern Europe, and likewise, the democratic liberation of the West has fallen prey to global conflict and high-risk situations. This volume is a revolutionary take on the overlap of art and everyday life in a post–cold war world.

144 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2008

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
From Shamed to Famed - The Transition of a Former Eastern German Arts Academy to the Talent Hotbed of a Contemporary Painters’ School. The Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
Sophie A. Gerlach
Chapter 2
Attacking Objectification: Jerzy Beres in Dialogue with Marcel Duchamp
Klara Kemp-Welch
Chapter 3
On the Ruins of a Utopia: Armenian Avant-Garde and the Group Act
Angela Harutyunyan
Chapter 4
Art Communities, Public Spaces and Collective Actions in Armenian Contemporary Art
Vardan Azatyan
Chapter 5
Appropriating the Ex-Cold War
Malcolm Miles
Chapter 6
The End of an Idea: On Art, Horizons and the Post-Socialist Condition
Simon Sheikh
Chapter 7
Exploring Critical and Political Art in the United Kingdom and Serbia
Sophie Hope & Marko Stamenkovic
Chapter 8
Other Landscapes (for Weimar, Goethe and Schiller)
Daniela Brasil
Chapter 9
The Ecology of Post-Socialism and the Implications of Sustainability for Contemporary Art
Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes
Chapter 10
Functions, Functionalism and Functionlessness: On the Social Function of Public Art after Modernism
Freee Art Collective

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