Contemporary Art and Photography
in the USSR and Russia, 1960–2010
Drew Sawyer & Tyler Cann (Eds.)
Timed to coincide with the centennial of the Russian Revolution, Red Horizon—a survey of art made shortly after Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and beyond—chronicles how artists represented the growing gap between government-sanctioned orthodoxies and life in the USSR and Russia. Thoughtfully designed to read backwards for the art and forward for the photography, this softcover catalog accompanying the exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art (2017) draws from two facets of Neil K. Rector’s renowned art collection—Soviet and Russian photography from the 1970s to 1990, and the work of Moscow-based unofficial artists who came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. Combining documentary photography, conceptual art, painting and more, Red Horizon suggests how creativity and critical thinking manifest themselves under the most difficult social and ideological circumstances. Includes introductions by curators Tyler Cann and Drew Sawyer along with essays by four art historians on symbols of the Soviet state, modernism, landscape and memory, and the tension between folk and mass cultures.
8 x 11 in. / 176 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $50.00
Martina Weinhart (Ed.)
Long before “Bad Painting” became a central concern of contemporary art, San Francisco–born painter Peter Saul (b. 1934) deliberately offended good taste. Employing a crossover of Pop Art, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, San Francisco funk and cartoon culture of the 1960s, Saul addressed the pressing political and social topics of his time. Vietnam, Reagan, protests, sex, drugs and the American dream clash in paintings rendered in screaming Day-Glo colors. Returning to San Francisco from Europe in 1956, Saul became a major figure in the 1960s and 1970s before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1980. His early work from the 1960s, recently reembraced by young curators and artists in the United States and Europe, has led to this first solo exhibition in Germany at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2017). The vividly illustrated softcover catalog captures Saul’s vision of this tumultuous time in over 100 color reproductions. Saul’s work has long been collected by museums worldwide, from Centre Pompidou, Paris, to MoMA, NY.
English & German / Softcover
9 ½ x 11 ¾ in. / 168 pp / 100 color
Retail Price: $55.00
SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE, FRANKFURT