Nonconformist art developed as a response to the constraints imposed by Socialist Realism. By the 1960s, Soviet artists began to find ways to express their creative freedom in a way they could not previously. Frustrated in their attempts to exhibit independently, artists turned to creating samizdat periodicals to reach more people and establish a direct and interactive dialogue with them. This story will show how nonconformist artists working in samizdat from the 1960s to the 1980s pushed the boundaries of publishing and the periodical format. Opposed by the Soviet authorities, nonconformist art nevertheless managed to grow and thrive until it was exposed to international market forces during Perestroika.
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