The Year of 1993


From 15 October 2013


The Year of 1993The Year of 1993


October 15, 7:30 pm
Sasha Obukhova: The Year of 1993

The establishment of a culture of art criticism in Russia and the emergence of art periodicals proved an important landmark in the history of 1990s art. Professional art historians from academic circles became journalists who chronicled the proceedings of the art world and developed a special writing style that was unlike both the clichéd Soviet narrative and today's art-process analysis. Critics contributed to the revamping of magazines including Decorative Art, Creativity, and Art, and newspapers ranging from large-circulation favortes such as Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant Daily, and Segodnya, to niche editions like Gumanitarny Fond and Vernisazh. Art Magazine, headed by Viktor Misiano, was launched in 1993; entirely dedicated to contemporary art, the magazine not only covered local events, but also published translated materials by foreign critics, philosophers, and art historians.

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Sasha Obukhova (born 1967) is an art historian and member of the Kandinsky Award expert board. She worked at Moscow Contemporary Art Institute, Tretyakov Gallery, and State Center for Contemporary Art. Since 2012 Sasha Obukhova has been heading Garage research department.


1. Anatoly Osmolovsky, A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Mayakovsky / Osmolovsky), performance, 1993, Moscow.

2. AES (Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, Evgeny Svyatsky), The Art of the Possible, 1993, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow.

3. Ilya Kabakov, The Red Pavilion, 1993, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice.