The Art Of Ukrainian Sixties is the first comprehensive edition to represent various aspects of the unofficial artistic culture of 1960s Ukraine, surveying all key figures of the period.
The core of the book consists of texts on 15 artists who were central figures of nonconformist, or unofficial, art in 1960s Kyiv, Lviv, and Uzhhorod, as well as a separate, extensive overview of the Odessa school. The main text is suplemented by a series of short monographs examining “officially sanctioned” art practices, including graphics, monumental art, and sculpture, which were also spaces for formal experimentation during the era. The book’s historical and methodological overviews, as well as its explorations of literature, academic music, cinematography, and architecture, lay the foundations for a profound critical examination of both official and unofficial art movements of the time.
The extensive visual materials have been provided courtesy of museum collections, private collectors, and the artists’ families. The rigorous selection of works reproduced in the present edition is the result of innumerable consultations with artists, scholars, and museum teams specializing in this influential period in Ukrainian art history.
Twenty-six scholars of different generations, schools, and professional milieus contributed to the book. As such, it represents not only a panorama of Ukrainian unofficial art of the 1960s but also a singular survey of contemporary Ukrainian art scholarship in all its motley polyphonic glory.
About the author:
Olha Balashova is an art critic and curator of non-formal art education programs. PhD of Philosophy and Deputy Director-General for Development of the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Her field of research interests is the art of new media, the Western European art culture of the XX-XXI centuries as well as the informal Soviet art. Lizavata Herman is an art critic and co-curator of The Naked Room Gallery. Together with Maria Lanko, she co-founded the “Open Archive” research media platform. She explores the history of curatorial and artistic exhibitions of the international and Ukrainian art scene as well as informal Soviet art.