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Ileana Selejan

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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

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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,...

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