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Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

By Amy Bryzgel

Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9422-8
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: February 2017
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / General, Performance art, Ceramic & glass: artworks, DRAMA / European / General, History, Theatre studies, The arts: general issues, Performing arts, Art History, The arts / Performance art, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, Eastern Europe, The Arts: General Issues, The arts / Theatre studies
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories

Description

This volume presents the first comprehensive academic study of the history and development of performance art in the former communist countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe since the 1960s. Covering 21 countries and more than 250 artists, this text demonstrates the manner in which performance art in the region developed concurrently with the genre in the West, highlighting the unique contributions of Eastern European artists. The discussions are based on primary source material-interviews with the artists themselves. It offers a comparative study of the genre of performance art in countries and cities across the region, examining the manner in which artists addressed issues such as the body, gender, politics and identity, and institutional critique.

Reviews

'By highlighting an instance in which documentation functioned as a substitute for presence, Bryzgel weighs in on art-historical debates regarding the relationship between live art and photography. It is at moments like this that Performance Art inEastern Europe since 1960 most succeeds in its stated aim of 'looking not from the centre to the periphery but the reverse, to see how such an approach might not only challenge but also overturn perceptions regarding art history, artistic styles, and the canon' (p. 5).'
Michelle Maydanchik, University of Pittsburgh, Slavonic and East European Review (vol. 95, no. 4, October 2017)

'Bryzgel's text will interest especially those invested in the rapidly expanding field of Central and Eastern European art history and Cold War cultural studies. Its wide swathe of information illustrates the variety and intrigue of performance art in the Cold War East and will surely entice many curious onlookers to storm the field.' - Sara Blaylock, University of Minnesota-Duluth, CAA Reviews
'Like any good art historical study the book goes beyond shedding lighton an obscure moment in history, bearing much relevance to contemporary artistsworking in the West today. In this respect, a great strength of the book is itsintimate analysis of the operation of the strategy of 'Subversive Affirmation'in the communist era.'
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Journal of Contemporary Central andEastern Europe

'The material provided contributes to the expanded fields of performance studies and art history by offering a rich and fascinating overview of the overlooked artistic practices in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, Bryzgel's approach should challenge the reader's perception of histories of art and performance shaped through the lens of the West.'
Sofia Vranou, Queen Mary University of London, Contemporary theatre review, Volume 28, 2018 - Issue 1

'Bryzgel's text will interest especially those invested in the rapidly expanding field of Central and Eastern European art history and Cold War cultural studies. Its wide swathe of information illustrates the variety and intrigue of performance art in the Cold War East and will surely entice many curious onlookers to storm the field.'
Sara Blaylock, University of Minnesota-Duluth, CAA Reviews

Author

Amy Bryzgel is Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen

Contents

Introduction
1. Sources and origins
2. The body
3. Gender
4. Politics and identity
5. Institutional critique
Epilogue
Select bibliography
Index

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