Russian Art and Culture prepared the list of 5 hot books on Soviet art which every art lover should know. Don’t thank! And let us know which one was your favourite. Happy reading!

1.Anti-Shows: APTART 1982–84. (eds.) David Morris, Margarita Tupitsyn and Victor Tupitsyn. (English)

A collective of artists, a gallery and a movement, APTART was a series of self-organised ‘anti-shows’ that took place in a private apartment and outdoor spaces in Moscow between 1982 and 1984. These covert and anarchic actions, which soon came into conflict with the Soviet authorities, represent a collective attempt to rethink the politics of exhibition-making and the practice of making public in the absence of a public sphere. The first comprehensive publication on APTART, this book presents extensive photographic documentation of their activities alongside archival texts from contributing artists and documents from the time.

2. The Art of the Soviet Union. Ivan Lindsay and Rena Lavery. (English)

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Four books – Landscapes, Still Lifes, Nudes and Portraits – are opening a new series called Art of the Soviet Union. This set examines different genres of art in the USSR, covering the period from the October Revolution in 1917 to the dissolution of the Union in 1991. The books showcases the best paintings and sculptures of the period and present rarely seen gems from provincial museums and museums of former Soviet republics.

3. Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing. (eds.) Elena Zaytseva and Alex Anikina (English)

In the first anthology of Russian contemporary art writing to be published outside Russia many of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians come together to examine the region’s various movements of contemporary art, culture, and theory, from communism, cosmism and conceptualism to past and future futures.

4. Time of Hopes, Time of Illusions. (ed.) Georgy Kiesewalter (Russian)

In this book the art of the 1950s – 1960s is examined from multiple perspectives: it is talked about both by the participants of the art scene at the time, and by the editor who brings together and analyses a variety of archival material, many of which had never been published before. As the result we see the art and culture of the Thaw not only as polyphonic and fragmented world, but also as a world full of secrets and surprises which make us question the cliches of the period.

5. Articles and dialogues. Joseph Backstein. (Russian)

The publication by an acclaimed Russian curator, founder and director of Institute of Contemporary Art includes a selection of texts from various decades with particular emphasis on curatorial writing of the late 1980s – early 1990s. Through its rich material, such as reflections on the destiny of contemporary art, personal recollections, critics; essays or interviews with artists and art professionals, together with the archival photographs give us a rare insight into the art of the period.