TitleArchaeologies of the avant-garde
NameBarr, Adrian (author), Sharp, Jane Ashton (chair), Sidlauskas, Susan (internal member), Zervigon, Andres (internal member), Hellbeck, Jochen (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Conceptual art--Soviet Union,
Modernism (Art)--Soviet Union,
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--Soviet Union
DescriptionThis dissertation engages historical accounts of the art of the Moscow conceptualist circle and proposes a different understanding of its purpose and significance for Russian and international art history. It challenges the current critical narratives of Moscow Conceptualism as a Soviet variant of a globalizing conceptual art and argues that the movement cannot be assimilated by the taxonomical categories of Western art history. Rather, I contend that Moscow Conceptualism must be historically and locally situated within the discursive framework of the late Soviet era. Through extended analyses of major Moscow conceptualist works, I demonstrate that the movement is distinguished by
its purposive investigation of the organizational structures of Soviet history. These investigations occur at a juncture in which the teleological frameworks of official Soviet discourse had become self-evidently obsolete and incapable of orientating the present
within a broader historical manifold. It is the uncanny space that exists between the modernist and Utopian foundations of Soviet socialism and the stagnation and alienation of contemporary Soviet life which this dissertation frames as a primary subject of
Moscow conceptualist enquiry.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Adrian Barr
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.