Edited by author Hossein Amirsadeghi and Sotheby’s Russian Art department’s Joanna Vickery, the book introduces over 80 artists working from the 1970’s until the present moment.
In addition to three essays by Russian art historians Ekaterina Bobrinskaya and Alexandra Danilova as well as American critic Eleanor Heartney, Frozen Dreams attempts to capture an entire cultural landscape:
The artist profiles expose the enormous variety of work being produced and shown today. Parsing the rich legacy of Russia’s past, these contemporary practitioners draw on sources ranging from traditional icon painting to Suprematism as they engage in critical dialogues with artists throughout the world. Alongside well-established names such as Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Eric Bulatov, Boris Mihailov and AES+F, many newcomers are introduced, including Alexei Kallima, Kerim Ragimov and Olga Chernysheva.
Individuals and significant new institutions whose contributions are highlighted include Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova, Shalva Breus, Olga Sviblova, Joseph Backstein, the Vinzavod Centre for Contemporary Art and the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture.
As Heartney observes, “Where once the West and Russia offered distorted reflections of each other, today, increasingly, they are bound together in an exploration of the complexities of the twenty-first century world.” This book should be an excellent guide for the mutual expedition.