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A gaping hole in Latvia's cultural landscape has just been filled! “Contemporary Art in Latvia, 2007-2012: The Purvītis Award” has been published under the wing of the cultural internet portal, As a comprehensive presentation of the contemporary art process in Latvia over the last six years, the anthology's coverage begins with the establishment of the most important prize in Latvian art today – the “Purvītis Award”. It is also the first extensive overview of Latvian contemporary art to be published since the regaining of independence.

The substantial, 335-page volume covers 89 artists who's creative endeavors during the indicated time period have been favorably judged by art experts, and who have also proven themselves as notable figures on the local art scene.

Our conviction that Latvia's art is an essential part of the cultural landscape of Europe, and the vital need for this art to be noticed and considered, is what roused us to publish this anthology. We are conscious of the fact that documenting the cultural process is the only way to preserve the legacy of our time for future generations; we must not allow exceptional and salient figures of the era to sink into obscurity. This book is addressed to everyone for whom art and culture form an exciting environment that not only brings enjoyment, but that also helps one feel the pulse of a certain time and place.

In order to promote the contemporary art of Latvia both at home and abroad, three separate editions of “Contemporary Art in Latvia, 2007-2012: The Purvītis Award” have been published – in the Latvian, English and Russian languages.

The architects of the anthology and its concept are the co-founders of the on-line art and culture website, – Daiga Rudzāte and Una Meistere, and editor Mairita Brice. Succinct summaries of the included art works and their respective creators were written by Elita Ansone, Ieva Astahovska, Anna Iltnere, Ieva Kulakova, Ieva Rupenheite and Vilnis Vējš. The forward to the anthology – a poignant overview of the characteristics and trajectory of contemporary art in Latvia during the period in question, has been authored by art researcher Ieva Kulakova.

Consciously avoiding weighty pomposity, and injecting the book with a feeling of contemporary flexibility, the design group “Tundra” and Kirils Kirasirovs are responsible for the anthology's visual presentation. Their work has resulted in a book that is not only a source of information and inspiration, but that is also an object of design in its own right, embodying the cultural nerve of Latvia at this moment in time.

Support for the publication was provided by “Alfor”, LLC. The publication “Contemporary Art in Latvia, 2007-2012: The Purvītis Award” will be available to purchase from February 18, 2013.