The Easel

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Dissidence In Russia

What is the significance of protest art coming out of Russia? Is it reflecting a popular mood of dissatisfaction or only the Moscow intelligentsia chafing (understandably) under limited freedom of expression? Perhaps optimistically this writer concludes that this show reflects “a certain spirit of extremism that has historically played a part in Russian culture. The ghost of Dostoevsky hovers somewhere just out of sight.”