A new book by George Kiesewalter continues his cycle of documentary publications investigating Soviet nonofficial art and published by NLO (New Literary Observer).
Following his previous books from the cycle—Those Strange Seventies and Tipping the Eighties in the Unofficial Art of the USSR, the author now turns to the “thaw” era reconstructing the history of the art environment in the Soviet Union in the 1950–1960s. Why was it a time of illusions as much as a time of hope? How does a critical observation of statements by various heroes of the epoch help reveal its zeitgeist? And what can archives reveal in relation to these questions?