Contributions by John Bowlt, Alla Rosenfeld, Yevgeni Barabanov, Vitaly Patsukov. Text by Donald Kuspit. This publication was produced for an exhibition of the same name drawn from a highly focused private collection gathered by Yuri Traisman, a Russian émigré who has spent nearly thirty years gathering unofficial as well as émigré art by Russian artists. The range of artists, styles, and movements represented in Forbidden Art offers an extraordinary point of departure for discussions of what is sometimes called the “Second Russian Avant-garde.” Although largely figurative, abstraction, conceptualism, media critiques, and complex forms of realism are revealed as vital pursuits during the period traced by the exhibition. Soviet artists were able to develop avant-garde traditions despite official censorship, and surprising parallels exist between the issues informing the leading practitioners of Western art and those of the most progressive Soviet artists.