The ‘painterly real’ of contemporary art
Resurrected ghosts, living heroes and saintly saviours on the 3rd Floor, 1987–9 4
in The political aesthetics of the Armenian avant-garde
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This chapter discusses the 3rd Floor – an artistic movement of the late Soviet and early independence years in Armenia (1987-94) – in its complex relationship with the cultural politics of the perestroika period, the official art of the Union of Artists of the Soviet Republic of Armenia, and National Modernism. It argues that the 3rd Floor, thought its strategy of hamasteghtsakan art both reproduced the dynamic of the perestroika politics and surpassed it. The 3rd Floor affirmed the separation between autonomous art and all that falls outside this autonomous sphere – the social world replete with antagonism and discontent.

The political aesthetics of the Armenian avant-garde

The journey of the ‘painterly real’, 1987–2004

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