Tomáš Pospiszyl

An Associative Art History Comparative Studies of Neo-Avant-Gardes in a Bipolar World

This publication searches for the place of Czech, Slovak, and Eastern European postwar art in global history.

Its aim is not to fruitlessly compare Eastern and Western neo-avant-gardes and contemporary art practices, but to decipher the circumstances under which artworks are created, theorized, and how they communicate with one another.

Artists active in former Czechoslovakia (Knížák, Kolář, Koller, Kovanda) are considered in relationship to Situationists, Minimalists, and Fluxus artists. Inter-generational connections are also drawn with Czech contemporary artists (Koťátková, Mančuška, Šedá). Establishing significant links through contrast and association, this collection of nine essays, spanning 1939 to 2013, proposes a new reading of the visual arts during the Iron Curtain Era and after.

Tomáš Pospiszyl (*1967) is a Czech critic, curator, and art historian. He has published extensively on 20th- and 21st-century art, and coedited, with Laura Hoptman, Primary Documents: “A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art Since the 1950s” (MIT Press, 2002). He teaches at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Published with, a curatorial and editorial structure focusing on Central and Eastern European artists and theory.

Part of the JRP|Ringier Documents Series.

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