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Tomáš Pospiszyl: An Associative Art History


The new english language anthology contains a selection of essays originally included in two books published in Czech: Srovnávací studie [Comparative Studies] (Agite /Fra, 2005) and Asociativní dějepis umění [An Associative Art History] (tranzit.cz, 2014).

The book seeks to situate Czech, Slovak and Eastern European post-war art within the broader historical setting. It eschews fruitless comparisons of Eastern and Western iterations of the post-war and contemporary art, but strives instead to understand and convey the specific circumstances under which particular artworks were created and the ways in which they communicate with one another. The introduction is written by the art historian Professor Sven Spieker, founding editor of ARTMargins, a journal devoted to contemporary art in a global context.


Tranzit.cz also cordially invites to the official book launch of Tomáš Pospiszyl’s An Associative Art History at 6pm on Tuesday 17 April, at Klub AVU, U Akademie 172/4, 170 00 Prague 7.

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

Tomáš Pospiszyl – An Associative Art History: Comparative Studies of Neo-Avant-Gardes in a Bipolar World, Document Series, volume #26, editors Clément Dirie, Vít Havránek, Tomáš Pospiszyl, translated from Czech originals by Iván Gutierrez, published by tranzit.cz and JRP-Ringier in co-edition with Les presses du réel, 2017.


Source: tranzit.org