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The dissolution of East European Communist regimes has prompted academic investigations into the indigenous cultures that constitute many of the newly autonomous countries. The catalog of the Nicholas M. Salgo collection, consisting of paintings and drawings, is a product of this scholarly revival and, like the 1991 exhibition catalog, S. A. Mansbach's Standing in the Tempest: Painters of the Hungarian Avant-Garde 1908-1930, presents a Western audience with heretofore unknown Hungarian artists. Opening the catalog is a brief, 7-page historical overview of Hungary (by S.A. Mansbach, noted scholar on Eastern Europe) which discusses the art within its political and cultural milieu. The remainder of the catalog consists of full-color images, save a handful in black and white, that are divided into 12 principal schools of Hungarian art from 1820 to 1970. Biographies for the artists and a select bibliography, consisting mainly of Hungarian sources, complete the book. The Salgo collection catalog presents a wealth of visual material and will hopefully encourage in-depth studies of Hungarian art. K. A. Rusnock University of Southern California
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