Andrey Kovalev. An Open-Ended Story. Contemporary Russian Art in Persons

Andrey Kovalev. An Open-Ended Story. Contemporary Russian Art in PersonsAndrey Kovalev. An Open-Ended Story. Contemporary Russian Art in Persons
  • Year2021
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition3000
  • Pages380
  • BindingPaperback
  • Price850 RUB
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The ninth publication in the GARAGE.txt series is dedicated to contemporary Russian artists. 

The time has come that it is no longer possible to answer, in the Wikipedia manner, the question “What style does this artist represent?”. The era of styles is over. But the artists remain. With Russian art, everything is especially compelling and confusing. Along with their creative concepts, our creators are also able to change, like gloves, their views on the universe. A Russian artist rarely belongs to a particular style or movement—all of them belong personally to the artist. For a Russian artist, there are no, and cannot be any, once and for all established rules, as they constantly “fall out” of the movement or style attributed to them.

This is why the “portrait” genre seemed the most appropriate approach to describing such a live, dynamic, and constantly evolving phenomenon—contemporary art.

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Andrei Kovalev (b. 1958) is an art critic and art historian. He graduated from the Department of History and Theory of Art of Moscow State University and is a Candidate of Art Criticism. From 1989 to 1993, Kovalev was a junior research fellow at Moscow’s State Institute of Art History and in the early 1990s became one of the first Russian critics writing for the newspapers Nezavisimaya gazeta, Segodnya, Vedomosti, Izvestia, Kommersant and the journals Moscow Art Magazine, Russkiz Zhurnal, ArtChronika, Ogoniok, and Mesto pechati. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Semiotics and Art Theory in the Faculty of Arts at Moscow State University. He is the author of six books, including Kriticheskie dni (Critical Days, 2002), Imennoi ukazatel (Name Index, 2005), and Russkii aktsionizm, 1900–2000 (Russian Actionism, 1990–2000, 2007). In 2007 he was awarded the Innovation Prize in the Theory, Criticism, Art History category.