Openness and Idealism

Published by Skira

Openness and Idealism: Soviet Posters: 1985–1991

A revelatory compendium on the reinvention of Soviet poster art under Glasnost

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the USSR, this publication looks back at the rich history of Soviet art from the USSR’s final chapter: the colorful and radical posters of Glasnost. Ushered in by Mikhail Gorbachev, Glasnost (translating as “openness” or “transparency”) was a movement that allowed for artistic and open-minded alternatives to the state-endorsed Social Realism. Within this movement, posters became the primary vehicles for confronting the history of the USSR from the vantage of its impending dissolution. The book features approximately 212 reproductions of posters from the Martha H. and J. Speed Carroll Collection, as well as essays by Russian history scholar Andy Willimott and art historian Pepe Karmel, and an introduction by J. Speed Carroll. Also included are three interviews with Russian artists who produced some of the posters pictured, conducted by Russian translator Bela Shayevich.


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Publisher: Skira
Contributors: J. Speed Carrol, Pepe Karmel, Andy Willimott
Interviewer: Bela Shayevich
Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 255
Language: English
Dimensions: 25x28cm
Publication date: December 2022
ISBN: 978-8857245645

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