Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now includes 80 works by 38 artists mostly living and working in Ukraine. Some have established reputations in Ukraine and emerged in the 1990s, while others have only recently graduated from art college. All of the work has been made recently, but mostly pre-dates the social unrest and upheaval that Ukraine has experienced during 2014. However the book’s title acknowledges that since the early years of the new millennium the work of many Ukrainian artists has tended to reflect, or even predict in an uncanny way, the growing challenges, issues and questions concerning their nation’s future identity and stability.
The work provides an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Ukraine and is also set to play a key role in shaping our understanding of the culturally rich but complex environment in which they practice their art and demonstrates their extraordinary commitment, energy, insight, resilience and talent.
Brilliantly designed by Barnbrook and with an essay by Ukrainian specialist in contemporary art Oleksandr Soloviov.