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Between Propaganda and Cultural Diplomacy

Nina Pancheva-Kirkova’s doctoral research centres around a practice in painting, focused upon issues of nostalgia towards Socialist Realism. In this post she reports upon a paper she gave at the Euroacademia conference, Re(inventing) Eastern Europe. As part of my practice based research on contemporary fine art in Bulgaria and its relations to our totalitarian past, I had the opportunity to take part in two of the conferences organized by Euroacademia, an experience which proved to be valuable for the development of my research project as it allowed me to share my work with other researchers, to receive helpful feedback and to obtain up-to-date information directly relevant to my work. I presented my paper, ‘Between Propaganda and Cultural Diplomacy: Nostalgia towards Socialist Realism in Post-Communist Bulgaria‘, as part of the panel ‘Art as Cultural Diplomacy’ at the ... >>

Image-Text-Object: Practices of Research Exhibition

Image-Text-Object: Practices of Research An exhibition of doctoral research projects from Winchester School of Art Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, University of Southampton. 10th February - 16th March 2014. This exhibition presents a series of images, texts and objects, which lead us to think about different ways of seeing, thinking, writing and making. The works on display derive from a range of research projects at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. The School is dedicated to the exploration of diverse practices and creative research methods. Studio-based researchers in art and design work alongside those engaged in humanities and social science research, covering areas of art history, critical theory and curatorial practice, as well as the management and marketing of design, media, fashion, and textiles. All researchers at the School are engaged in ... >>

Images of Socialist Realism and Contemporary Fine Art in Post-Communist Bulgaria

Constructing New Identities: Images of Socialist Realism and Contemporary Fine Art in Post-Communist Bulgaria Abstract: The fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria witnessed the end of a grand recit, a metanarrative (Lyotard, 1984) that claimed total knowledge of human history, politics and economy. Socialist Realism, as an aesthetic that supposedly embodies this metanarrative, articulated its pretension as the authentic art form that defined relations in the artworld of the country. The images of Socialist Realism formed a framework of propositions for ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in fine art in an attempt to construct a collective artistic identity. The collapse of the Communist regime should have also been the collapse of Socialist Realism. Similarly the collapse places fine art and artists, previously and inevitably connected to the Grand Recit through this aesthetic mode, in ... >>

Socialist Utopian Ideas Through The Art of the Underground Artist Ilya Kabakov, part 2

The second interpration of the Ilya Kabakov - The Toilets: Obsene Homes classification is the Kabakov’s work as an attempt for a creation of a communist collective. As S. Boym claims, through his installations, signed as they were made by different people “he turns himself into a kind of ideal communist collective, made up of his own embarrassed alter-egos - the characters from whose points of view he tells his many stories and to whom he ascribes their authorship. Among them are untalented artists, amateur collectors, and the “little men” of nineteenth-century Russian literature, Gogolian characters with a Kafkaesque shadow.” I think that Kabakov’s work is not about the creation of a collective, through his many characters he questions the problem of art as a self-expression. Every of his ‘authors’ presents his/her own point of view through his/her personal ... >>

Socialist Utopian Ideas Through The Art of the Underground Artist Ilya Kabakov, part 1

The art of Ilya Kabakov is really complex and multilayered, consisted of wide range forms and materials, which vary from drawings to installations. Until 1988 he worked in the Soviet Union and was one of the most important members of the unofficial art. After the collapse of communism his works have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the USA and Europe. The artist has participated in many important group surveys including Documenta IX (in 1992) and the Venice Biennale (in 1993). What is the relation between Kabakov’s work and Socialist utopian ideas?

Four approaches for interpretation of the this question are discussed:
Kabakov’s art as a nostalgia, as a collective, as an idelogical language, and as creativity that ruins utopian myths. Several of the Kabakov’s works are used ss evidences and illustrations.
Utopia – literally ... >>

Relation between words and art in the paintings of Ed Ruscha.

Words are often used as a part of images in art. Relationship between text and image has long history since Aristotle discussed the connection between poetry and painting.
Words and their relation to reality and art are important part of Rene Magritte’s paintings. They are also used from a lot of Pop art artists (Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein), as well as Contemporary artists. As Michael R. Leaman wrote, “We live in the world saturated with word and image. There is no doubt that ‘Word and Image’ has taken its place at the centre stage of contemporary artistic practice.” (Art, Word and Image, 2010, p. 9). The paintings of Ed Ruscha are not only they are dedicated to the tension between words and images, but they also because of the influence, which his works have upon the history of the contemporary art. Moreover, the art of Ed Ruscha is related to Surrealism, ... >>

Edward Hopper quotes

· In every artist's development the germ of a later work is always found in the earlier.
· I think a great deal of contemporary painting doesn't have that element(decaying from your original idea) in it at all.It is all cerebral invention.Inventions not conceived in the imagination at all...contemporary painting is has no intimacy.
· To me form,color and design are merely a means to an end....I am interested primarily in the vast field of experience and sensation.
· the essence of personality.
· ...all the sweltering, tawdry life of the American small town, and behind all, the sad desolation of our suburban landscape.
· I can’t always agree with what critics say – it may be true; it may not be true.
· I can't exactly describe the sensations, but they're entirely human and perhaps have nothing ... >>