Blood, skin, and paint : Karl Briullov in 1832 / Allison Leigh -- Iaroslavna's lament and its echoes in late nineteenth-century Russian art / Alison Hilton -- An exercise in Looking : Ilia Repin's They did not expect him / Galina Mardilovich -- "Is disagreement among artists a good thing?" : the end of salon-type exhibitions in Russia and Western Europe / Andrey Shabanov -- Blurring Boundaries : Mikhail Vrubel's decorative turn and the rise of Russian modernism / Maria Taroutina -- Idiosyncrasy as an alternative modernist narrative / Steven A. Mansbach -- Art in the age of binary inversion : Russian constructivist graphic design and the interwar grid / Kristin Romberg -- The creative mistakes of socialist realism / Maria Mileeva -- A socialist neo-avant-garde? : the case of postwar Yugoslavia / Nikolas Drosos -- The troubled public sphere : understanding the art scene in socialist Hungary / Katalin Cseh-Varga -- The nonidentity problem in contemporary Belarusian art / Tatsiana Zhurauliova -- Marking memories, mediating histories in the work of Deimantas Narkevičius / Ksenia Nouril -- History in the future tense : on recent installations by Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina / Jane A. Sharp.
"This book brings together thirteen scholars to introduce the newest and most cutting-edge research in the field of Russian and East European art history. Reconsidering canonical figures, reexamining prevalent debates, and revisiting aesthetic developments, the book challenges accepted histories and entrenched dichotomies in art and architecture from the nineteenth century to the present. In doing so, it resituates the artistic production of this region within broader socio-cultural currents and analyzes its interconnections with international discourse, competing political and aesthetic ideologies, and continuous discussions over identity"--