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Ph. D. in Philosophy, PhD in Art history, professor, docent.

Born in 1978 in Leningrad. In 2000 graduated with distinction from the Faculty of History. In 2003 he completed his PhD “David Hockney and contemporary aspects of English figurative painting” at the Department of History of Art. In 2008 he completed his second PhD “Artistic and theoretical conservatism in the context of contemporary American art theory of the 1960–1990s”.

In 2007 for his book "Postmodernism as radical conservatism" he was granted the "Second Navigation" award by St. Petersburg Philosophical Society in the nomination “Philosophical analysis of the processes of our time".

Research interests

  • History of Classical and Contemporary art

  • Theory and philosophy of art

  • General problems of cultural evolution

  • Epistemology

  • Philosophical anthropology

  • Comprehensive theoretical research in the fields of philosophy, literature and art

Teaching

From 2003 Anatoly Rykov has been teaching at St. Petersburg State university, from 2007 he has been appointed docent at the Department of Western art.

  • Western art of the 20thcentury

  • Theory of art: fundamentals

  • Western art of the 18thcentury

  • Western architecture of the 20thcentury

  • Actual problems of contemporary art and culture

Publications

  • David Hockney: problems of interpretations // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2002

  • David Hockney’s “Californian style”// Punin conference. St. Petersburg, 2001

  • Pop art in Western art history and art theory of the 1960s // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2003

  • Georges Bataille and contemporary art criticism: Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss concepts // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2004

  • “Corporeality” in contemporary art criticism (P. Fuller,D. Kuspit, R. Krauss, Y.-A. Bois) // Mavrodin conference, St. Petersburg, 2004

  • David Hockney’s works of the 1970s and “neoconservative postmodernism” // University historian: anthology, vol. 3. St. Petersburg, 2005

  • Contemporary art and aesthetics of neo-conservatism. London school // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2005

  • Western art of the 20thcentury, St. Petersburg, 2005

  • Time in visual arts // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2006

  • From cubism to neo-expressionism . Theoretical aspects of Western figurative art of the 20thcentury // HOMO ESPERANS 2/2006. St. Petersburg;Tbilisi; Batumi, 2006

  • Eternal return of the “Another”. Time in classical and contemporary art // Art criticism 2/06

  • Investments in a dream. David Hockney’s American mythology and American art of the 1960s // Art criticism 2/06, Moscow, 2006

  • Styles’ bonding. David Hockney in 1962–1963: early postmodernism // University historian: anthology, vol. 3. St. Petersburg, 2007

  • Time in the minimalist theory // Art criticism 2/06. Moscow, 2006

  • What is contemporary sculpture? (Reflections on the R. Krauss’ “Passages in Modern Sculpture”) // Sculpture: the city and the museum. The Burganov house. Moscow, 2006

  • Postmodernism as "Radical Conservatism": The problem of artistic-theoretical conservatism and the American theory of modern art 1960–1990s. St. Petersburg, 2007

  • Conservative revolution: contemporary art theory in the last quarter of the 20thcentury, ideology of neo-conservatism // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2007

  • Clement Greenberg and contemporary American art theory of the 1960s // Art criticism 1–2/07, Moscow, 2007

  • Theory of art: fundamentals. St. Petersburg, 2007

  • Theodor Adorno as an art critic // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2007

  • Donald Kuspit as a contemporary art critic: Art and psychoanalysis // University historian: anthology, vol. 5. St. Petersburg, 2008

  • Two concepts for contemporary art: from Renaissance to the 20thcentury // 2ndcultural congress “Cultural diversity: from the past to the future”. St. Petersburg, 2008

  • Origins and philosophical grounds of contemporary art. Part 1 // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2009

  • Origins and philosophical grounds of contemporary art. Part 2 // St. Petersburg State university bulletin, 2009

  • On the question of the “contemporary art” origins and meaning // Art criticism 1–2/09.

  • Art and crisis of contemporary culture // Cultural observatory. 2009