Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture

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Chapter 6 WHAT IS METAREALISM?
Facts and Hypotheses
Mikhail EpsteinT his manifesto was read on 5 December 1986 and hung on the wall in the Central Exhibition Hall, Kuznetsky Most ( Moscow), at an evening devoted to "Metarealism in Poetry and Painting."
1. Metarealism is a stylistic trend in Russian literature and art, which was born in the 1970s but became widely known only in the 1980s. The Moscow poets who best represent metarealism are: Ivan Zhdanov, Olga Sedakova, Vladimir Aristov, Alexei Parshchikov, Ilya Kutik, and Alexander Eremenko. The painters who represent the trend are: Evgeny Dybsky, Igor Ganikovsky, Vladimir Suliagin, Zakhar Sherman, Evgeny Gor, V. Markovnikov, A. Tsedlik.
2. The term "metarealism" was coined in December 1982, following the Exhibition of Hyperrealists and the ensuing debate at the House of Artists. It became clear that in order to overcome the traditional realism of "the typical," at least two ways presented themselves. One group of artists sought to consolidate and enlarge the external, illusionist layer of reality, while another group was trying to tear down that layer. One group was hyper-trophying the visible surface of

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