The collection featured twenty artists of the "New Wave" generation (Arsen Savadov, Ilya Chichkan, Vasyl Tsagolov, Oleksandr Zhyvotkov, Igor Gusev and others) with a few selected artworks, a short biography and a brief description of the creative path of each of the artists.
Despite the high number of ratings of domestic artists in glossy and business magazines, ten years ago this publication a priori did not provide any comparison. Five years later, the book was reissued in two volumes. As a result of extensive research work, experts added the names of 83 authors to the compilation.
"Contemporary art in Ukraine is very mixed in its multi-voiced nature," writes art historian and critic Oleksandr Soloviev, "While in the early 1990s expressive, baroque, sensual, but apolitical artists came to the forefront, the generation that emerged after 2004 is characterized by a programmatic politicization and restraint of feelings. However, in the latter period, another art is simultaneously emerging, which again prefers the idea of aesthetic autonomy rather than a quick response to the evil of the day. If you look at the overall picture of Ukrainian art for thirty years of independence in terms of the development of different types, their dynamics, transformations in time, it will not be one-sided in terms of the influence of all these elements on the main thing - the history and features of the image itself."
"The presence lasting for three decades allows us to talk beyond capturing the current agenda, but also about how a cultural archive is being formed in real time – an invaluable heritage intended for its preservation and analysis, as well as for its well-deserved integration into the global artistic process," says Igor Abramovich about the project. "Formed at the brink of epochs, in that very space of search for a human dialogue between East and West, where it still exists against the backdrop of social and political turbulence, contemporary art of Ukraine not only requires internal comprehension but is also a phenomenon worthy of the attention of the international audience,” he states.