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The Political Aesthetics of the Armenian Avant-Garde: The Journey of the 'Painterly Real', 1987-2004

Angela Harutyunyan


The book addresses late-Soviet and post-Soviet art in Armenia in the context of turbulent social, political and cultural transformations in the late 1980s, throughout the 1990s and in early 2000s through the aesthetic figure of the ‘painterly real’ and its conceptual transformations. It explores the emergence of ‘contemporary art’ in Armenia from within and in opposition to the practices, aesthetics and institutions of Socialist Realism and National Modernism. The book presents the argument that avant-garde art best captures the historical and social contradictions of the period of the so-call ... More

Keywords: ‘painterly real’, avant-garde, autonomy, late Soviet, post-Soviet, aesthetics, liberal democracy, ‘contemporary art’, rupture, continuity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089534
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Harutyunyan, author
American University of Beirut