Ideology and the Arts in the Soviet Union
The Establishment of Censorship and Control
Hardcover ISBN: 1780763301
The decade immediately following the Bolsheviks' victory in the Russian Civil War saw an artistic and cultural flowering in Russia. Some of the great names of twentieth century culture—Bulgakov, Mayakovsky, Stanislavski, Prokofiev—rose to prominence with the new revolution. At the same time however, this period saw the creation of the complex censorship system which sought to control Russian theatre and literature through funding, censorship of the press, intimidation and violence. Lenin was an unambiguous supporter of total censorship and control of culture, while, interestingly, a young Stalin defended Bulgakov against charges of 'bourgeois' leanings. By charting the direction of theatre, literature and the Bolshevik leadership in this period, Steven Richmond provides a fascinating history of cultural life in communist Russia—and an insight into the character of totalitarianism itself. Essential reading for students and scholars of twentieth century social, literary and cultural history, this will become one of the key works on censorship in the early Soviet Union.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future
Paperback ISBN: 1849764654
Russian-born conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are among the most celebrated artists of their generation. Known for their pioneering large-scale environments and installations, the artists’ work fuses the everyday with the conceptual. Deeply rooted in the visual culture of Soviet society yet speaking equally to universal themes, their work is characterized by a sense of melancholia but also by humor. Celebrating five decades of work, this book traces a line from Ilya Kabakov’s early paintings, drawings, albums, and installations to the collaborative projects made with Emilia following his emigration to the West in 1987. Exploring themes of failed utopia and political disillusionment, as well as fantasies of escape and transcendence, the book also examines the relationship between aesthetics and politics, and the way painting has remained a central feature of their work. Texts by leading art writers and historians contextualize the artists’ practice, amplified by the artists’ own writings. Fully illustrated, this beautiful book introduces newcomers to these important, innovative artists, and serves as a key reference for those already familiar with their work.
Paperback ISBN: 0714837970
After spending some thirty years as an 'unofficial' artist behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union, Ilya Kabakov first came to the attention of the West in the 1980s. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century, with installations that speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally. His installations are, in some instances, akin to theatrical mise-en-scenes, reproducing a cramped communal apartment or a flooded art museum as a site of Schadenfreude-like comedies on human frustration and doomed aspirations. Alternating between light-hearted irony and genuine tragedy, Kabakov evokes a shadowy world lit by a twenty-watt bulb in which fable-like miracles might occur: a homespun cosmonaut may fly into space, or the radio/television aerial may spell out a poem against the sky. Ilya Kabakov's work has featured in the world's most significant surveys of contemporary art, among them Documenta IX (Kassel, Germany, 1992), and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 1997). In 1993 Kabakov represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale.
Ilya Kabakov Eine ruckkehr zur Malerei
A Return to Painting 1961-2011
Hardcover ISBN: 3866786522
Hardcover ISBN: 1783105704
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter credited as being among the first to truly venture into abstract art. He persisted in expressing his internal world of abstraction despite negative criticism from his peers. He veered away from painting that could be viewed as representational in order to express his emotions, leading to his unique use of colour and form. Although his works received heavy censure at the time, in later years they would become greatly influential.
The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris
Hardcover ISBN: 1907804706
This is a fresh perspective on the art and career of Russian-born artist Konstantin Makovksy, and the wider nineteenth-century enthusiasm for medieval Russian culture. Monumental in scale and rich in exotic detail, Makovsky’s canvases depicting the life of Boyar nobility, had an extraordinary appeal in America where they toured the nation. This book presents, in beautiful detail, the story behind these remarkable paintings. Wendy Salmond is professor of art and art history, Chapman University, Orange, California. Wilfried Zeisler is the associate curator of nineteenth-century art, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC. Russell E. Martin is professor of history, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture
Hardcover ISBN: 1910787019
The large body of painting and sculpture created in the Soviet Union reflects—and in many cases, pushes against—the restrictions and complexities inherent in making art under totalitarianism. This book presents beautiful reproductions of a wide range of artworks from the period, giving a clear picture of the impressive achievement, diversity, and scope of Soviet-era art. Drawing on the holdings of a number of museums and private collections, Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculptureshowcases many works in the modern tradition, alongside highlights from the Moscow School of Painting and paintings that exemplify the dizzying creativity of postwar art. On the sculpture side, we see not only large public monuments, but also more personal works, created in studios and often little seen before the fall of the Soviet state. A stunning volume, Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture is a testament to art made in difficult conditions, which is sure to enchant any admirer or Russian and Soviet art.
Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920
Art, Life, & Culture of the Russian Silver Age
Hardcover ISBN: 0865651841
Lavishly illustrated, Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900–1920 is the quintessential guide to Russia’s vibrant and influential Silver Age. In this elegantly written narrative survey, John E. Bowlt sheds new light on Russia’s Silver Age, the period of artistic renaissance that flourished as Imperial Russia’s power waned. Much of the creative energy could be attributed to the Symbolist movement, whose proponents sought to transcend the barriers of bourgeois civility and whose unconventional lifestyles led some critics to label them Decadents and Degenerates. But, as Sergei Diaghilev declared, theirs was not a moral or artistic decline, but a voyage of inner discovery and a reinvention of a national culture. Bowlt’s richly textured volume focuses not only on Russia’s best known artists from this period—Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and poet Anna Akhmatova—but also on lesser known movements of the period—experimental theater, Nikolai Kalmakov’s innovative painting, and the free dance practiced by followers of Duncan and Dalcroze.
Paperback ISBN: 0720613566
Marc Chagall's strange, vibrant, and poetic autobiographical essay on his early life, containing illustrations, has established itself as a unique document in 20th-century literature Completed by the artist in 1922, this memoir became available in English in 1965 when Peter Owen published this translation, and it has remained in print ever since. Lyrical and evocative, it is a key work in Chagall studies for the light it sheds on the shaping of the artist’s creative genius. His deep roots in Jewish traditionreligious and secularare reflected in these recollections of his poverty-stricken youth from Witebsk, White Russia, to the Parisian art world. Together, his words and pictures paint an incomparable portrait of one of the greatest artists of this century, and of the now vanished milieu that inspired him.