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Resources for those interested in theoretical as well as art-historical analyses.
_Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition, _edited by Ales Erjavec (2003), gives an excellent theoretical framework for understanding Central and Eastern European art in the 1980s-1990s. It addresses the topic from general, regional, and country-specific perspectives. Misko Suvakovic, who contributed an essay to the book, has written extensively on Yugoslav--and particularly Serbian--art in the 20th century, but I'm not sure how many of his books are available in English.
A meticulously researched book, by art historian Magda Cârneci, who was also an important cultural figure throughout the eighties, Artele plastice în România, 1945-1989 Bucharest: Editura Meridiane, 2000.
Revised French translation: Cârneci, Magda. Art et pouvoir en Roumanie 1945-1989. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2007.
Following an email exchange with Magdalena Moskalewicz & Zanna Gilbert, a list of further sources:
Pintilie, Ileana. Acționismul în România în timpul comunismului. Cluj: Idea Design & Print, 2000. English translation by Silviu Pepelea, Actionism in Romania During the Communist Era. Cluj: Idea Design & Print, 2001.
Pintilie co-curated Between Limits. Escaping into the Concept, a section from Subversive Practices, Art under Conditions of Political Repression 60s–80s / South America / Europe (Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2009) - which included work by a lesser known Timisoara based experimental art group SIGMA (active 1969-78), who just had a show at the Gervasuti Foundation in Venice this spring.
Budapest based curator Judith Angel has curated a number of excellent exhibitions of Romanian contemporary art ranging from pre-89, early nineties work including subREAL, kinema ikon, etc. to more recent, for instance Art From Cluj Today (Műcsarnok, Kunsthalle Budapest). See a partial list of her work here.
Király, Aurora, ed. Photography in Contemporary Art. Trends in Romania after 1989. Bucharest: Galeria Noua, Editura Unarte, 2006. -- with texts by Irina Cios, currently director of ICCA Bucharest (formerly the Soros Center for Contemporary Art, which organized Experiment in Romanian art since 1960), Cosmin Costinas, Mihnea Mircan & more
In 2012 the same Galeria Noua published WITNESSES XXI – REVISITING THE PAST - an important group of interviews with artists, critics, and intellectuals who were active in Romania before the revolution (subtitled in English): http://galerianoua.tumblr.com/
Lastly, another great web source: http://www.100towatch.ro/#/X_about
A meticulously researched book, by art historian Magda Cârneci, who was also an important cultural figure throughout the eighties, Artele plastice in Romania, 1945-1989 Bucharest: Editura Meridiane, 2000.
Revised French translation: Cârneci,...