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Djurdja Bartlett, “Fashion East: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism” Print E-mail
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Written by Malynne Sternstein (Chicago)   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

Impressive in its scope, beautifully illustrated, and admirable for its depth and breadth of archival research, Djurdja Bartlett's sumptuous book Fashion East: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism does not in any way disappoint the reader looking for a survey of sartorial history in the Soviet Communist bloc. Bartlett does a magisterial job in traversing the cultural space of Soviet fashion from the 1920s "avant-garde" to the late Soviet era.

Birgit Beumers and Nancy Condee (eds.), "The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov" Print E-mail
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Written by Raoul Eshelman (Munich)   
Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00

The collection of articles gathered in The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov does an excellent job of dealing with the broad scope of Sokurov's films, ranging from his numerous documentaries to his so-called "family films" and his tetralogy on power (the fourth film in the group, Faust [2011], appeared too recently to be treated in the volume). There are four separate sections treating the major aspects of his work (the documentaries, the early films, the mid-to-late films, the Russian Ark and Alexandra), as well as an additional section offering translations of Russian criticism and recollections by collaborators.

Tomáš Glanc, "The Russian Archipelago: Icons of Post-Soviet Culture" Print E-mail
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Written by Christopher W. Harwood (New York)   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:00

Published in Prague some twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Tomáš Glanc’s The Russian Archipelago: Icons of Post-Soviet Culture is an idiosyncratic but highly readable and far-reaching survey of Russian cultural space from 1990 to 2010. The book proceeds from a 45-page contextualizing introduction and a brief explanation of (and apologia for) its unconventional format to a series of seventeen portraits of individual artists who have “distinctively influenced” Russian culture of the past two decades.

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ARTMargins Print  has released its new issue, 3.1. (February 2014)!

ArticlesRos Gray (London) considers two art works made in recent years in Angola: the exhibition Lion & Ox, which featured art works by António Ole and Art Orienté objet, and the installation Icarus 13 by Kiluanji Kia Henda ("A Lingering Lusotopia: Thinking the Planetary from Angola"). María Amalia García writes about past disputes between Argentina and Brazil over hegemony in the region and proposes a new approach to Brazilian cultural intervention in Paraguay ("Hegemonies and Models of Cultural Modernization in South America: The Paraguay-Brazil Case"). Focusing on Artur Barrio, Jacques Coursil, and Damián Ortega, Fernanda Negrete discusses the plastic arts' non-dialectical engagement with materiality ("Chaos-monde and the Aesthetics of Depth in Artur Barrio, Jacques Coursil, and Damián Ortega").

In the Document section, we present a stenogram of an artists' meeting that took place in 1951 in Kishinev (as the capital of today's Republic of Moldova was called in those days). The text discloses some of the major issues and challenges faced by the members of this artist organization during the late Stalinist era. (Introduction: Octavian Esanu)

Artist ProjectAzin Feizabadi, "Chronicles from Majnun until Layla."

Review Article: Huw Hallam, "Confronting Globalization." This article reviews Pamela M. Lee's Forgetting the Art World (2012) and TJ Demos's Return to the Postcolony (2013). 

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Letter to the editor regarding Professor Caroline A. Jones's article "Anthropophagy in São Paulo's Cold War", published in ARTMargins,  2:1 and the author's response.

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