Ukrainian Artistic Avant-Garde: Manifestos, Publicism, Talks, Memoirs, and Letters

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This is an anthology of texts currently difficult to access by thirty-four representatives of the Ukrainian avant-garde: artists who acted as critics and scholars; art critics who acted as analysts and conceptualists; poets and writers who acted as creators and analysts of contemporary art forms. It offers thematic, personal, and ideological diversity of views on the creative “ordering” of art form in the Ukrainian visual art of the 1910–30s. The reader can plunge into the whirlpool of creative controversies, struggle of ambitions and settlement of approaches, a kaleidoscope of multidirectional search for artistic truth and solitude in the social inevitability of historical events. The genre spectrum of presented texts (from a certain pastorality of journalistic articles to the sharpness of manifestos and sometimes angry desperation of discussions) forms a stereoscopic sketch of the currents and groups of the time in all complexity, inconsistency, and thus movingness of proclaimed positions.

Dmytro Horbachov, compil.; Andriy Puchkov, ed.
Український художній авангард: Маніфести, публіцистика, бесіди, спогади, листи = Ukrainian Artistic Avant-Garde: Manifestos, Publicism, Talks, Memoirs, and Letters. – Kyiv: Dukh i Litera, 2020. – 640 pp.

ISBN 978-966-378-817-3

The book was published thanks to the grant of institutional support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

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