As a recent arrival from a non-Russian Soviet republic, I was bemused by the titles and subjects in “Glasnost for the Holidays” (Nov. 25).
I see titles like “ Russian Design,” “Contemporary Russian Art,” “ Moscow, Treasures and Traditions,” ". . . Russian Constructivism 1914-1932" (my emphasis) when dealing with the art of the Russian republic. But when it comes to featuring art of non-Russian countries, they all get lumped together under the term “Soviet”: ". . . Soviet Porcelain, 1917-1927,” “Folk Art in the Soviet Union ,” etc.
We do not appreciate having the art of our individual republics lumped into a Soviet ball while Russians continue to dominate this field. The folk art of Armenia and of Georgia each could fill a large book; Ukrainian folk art could fill tomes.
Incidentally, arts included under Moscow’s or Russia’s aegis include many, many items stolen by Russians from other nations. This practice has existed for centuries. You will find very few Russophiles in the Soviet Union.