This book addresses the art historical category of "contemporary art" from a transregional perspective, but unlike other volumes of its kind, it focuses in on non-Western instantiations of "the contemporary." 

The book concerns itself with the historical conditions in which a radically new mode of artistic production, distribution, and consumption – called "contemporary art" – emerged in some countries of Eastern Europe, the post-Soviet republics of the USSR, India, Latin America, and the Middle East, following both local and broader sociopolitical processes of modernization and neoliberalization. Its main argument is that one cannot fully engage with the idea of the "global contemporary" without also paying careful attention to the particular, local, and/or national symptoms of the contemporary condition. Part I is methodological and theoretical in scope, while Part II is historical and documentary. For the latter, a number of case studies address the emergence of the category "contemporary art" in the context of Lebanon, Egypt, India, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, and Moldova.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, globalism, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.

chapter |14 pages


part I|104 pages

chapter 2|10 pages

The Long-Lasting Present

Art, Duration, and Contemporaneity

chapter 4|23 pages

Neue östeuropäische Kunst

The Global Contemporary and the Eastern European Retrocontemporary

chapter 5|18 pages

Art Form and Nation Form

Contemporary Art and the Postnational Condition

chapter 6|21 pages

Three Questions for Terry Smith

Peripherality, Postmodernity, Multiplicity – Reconceiving the Origins of Contemporary Art

part II|148 pages

chapter |18 pages

Case Study 1

Nove Tendencije 2 [New Tendencies 2], Gallery of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 1963

chapter |14 pages

Case Study 2

Rabinec Studio: The Commodification of Art in Late Socialist Hungary, 1982–1983

chapter |16 pages

Case Study 3

The 3rd Floor Cultural Movement, Yerevan 1987–1994

chapter |15 pages

Case Study 4

The First Sanayeh Plastic Arts Meeting, Ashkal Alwan Beirut 1995

chapter |22 pages

Case Study 5

CarbonART 96 and The 6th Kilometer, SCCA Chișinău 1996

chapter |16 pages

Case Study 6

Meeting Point, SCCA Sarajevo, 1997

chapter |14 pages

Case Study 7

Khoj International Artists’ Workshop, Khoj International Artists’ Association, Modinagar 1997

chapter |17 pages

Case Study 8

Janja Žvegelj, Squash Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 1998

chapter |14 pages

Case Study 9

Al-Nitaq Festival of Art, Cairo, 2000 and 2001