Serialities: Repetition and Narrative in Soviet Nonconformist Art

Victor Pivovarov: But do you remember my face? 1975
Sep 01, 2005 - Mar 01, 2006
Dodge Wing Lower Level

Particularly in the West, seriality in art is often associated with Minimalism and Pop Art, movements that reacted against the modernist ideal of art as a unique and unrepeatable product of the artist’s personal vision. In the works of artists such as Andy Warhol and Donald Judd, the serial reproduction of images or objects serves to align art with the anonymous processes of mass production, with the resulting artworks seeking to embody the impersonal sterility of the mechanical.

In contrast to this, Serialities: Repetition and Narrative in Soviet Nonconformist Art seeks to investigate alternative conceptions and possibilities of serial art. During the last decades of Soviet rule, artists of the underground utilized seriality to emphasize the private and the personal, as well as to examine the relationship of visual art to the narrative practices of literature and film. The results are striking, both for the visual richness of the work and for the innovation and experimentation they represent. This work provides both compelling alternatives to the dominant Western models of serial art and showcases the vitality and creativity of the former Soviet Union’s nonconformist artists.

Organized by Yelena Kalinsky and Adrian Barr, Dodge Fellows and Graduate Assistants for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art

Victor Pivovarov

But do you remember my face? 1975

Gouache on paper

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union