New Ukrainian art books : the February Slavonic items of the month

This brief post looks at a couple of welcome donations of books about Ukrainian art.

At the front line : Ukrainian art, 2013-2019 is the catalogue of an exhibition of 13 Ukrainian artists that took place at the National Museum of Cultures in Mexico City in 2019 and the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg in 2020.  One of its editors and contributors, Dr Svitlana Biedarieva, kindly arranged the donation of a copy to the UL, and we are very glad to add it to our collections, for its examples of and insights into artistic experience of the pre-2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and the role of art and artists in the context of war. The catalogue is largely textual, with the text provided in Spanish, English, and Ukrainian.  Some of the pictures in the catalogue are shown below, with the table of contents.  It is worth mentioning that Cambridge readers also have access to Dr Biedarieva’s 2021 edited volume Contemporary Ukrainian and Baltic art : political and social perspectives, 1991-2021.

Just this week, we received a chronology about Ukrainian art and the global art scene of the 20th century.  Mala khronolohii︠a︡ mystet︠s︡ʹkykh podiĭ i pam’i︠a︡tnykh dat XX stolitti︠a︡ : Ukraïna–svit : lokalʹno-indyvidualʹnyĭ doslidnyt︠s︡ʹkyĭ rakurs : dovidnyk = A short chronology of artistic events and memorable dates in the 20th century : Ukraine and the world : local individual research perspective : reference book came to us via London courtesy of its creator, Professor Roman Iatsiv of the L’viv National Academy of Arts.  Its 543 pages belie its description as “mala” (short or small), and it is also a fine addition to our collections.  Here are some of the entries for a century ago, providing details of events held in L’viv, Kharkiv, Warsaw, and Los Angeles.

Through the same generous donation from Prof. Iatsiv, we will also be adding a fourth volume of his Ideï, smysly, interpretat︠s︡iï obrazotvorchoho mystet︠s︡tva : ukraïnsʹka teoretychna dumka XX stolitti︠a︡ : antolohii︠a︡ = Ideas, senses, interpretations of fine art : Ukrainian theoretical thought of the XX-th century set shortly.

Many thanks to the donors involved.

Mel Bach

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