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.
Red Star Over Russia
A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55
Paperback ISBN: 1849765235
David King (1943–2016) amassed one of the world’s largest collections of Soviet political art and photographs. In exploring the intersection of art, politics, and society, few collections in the world can compare with the David King Collection, now part of Tate. King was not only a passionate collector, but also an artist, designer, and historian, and he produced revelatory and award-winning books on Soviet design history. Here, every step of the Soviet journey is documented with visual media, photomontage, photographs, paintings, handwritten notes, books (signed with annotations and marginalia), enclosures, and ephemera. Published to accompany an exhibition, this accessible and highly illustrated publication features key pieces from the collection, accompanied by short explanatory texts that bring this exceptional era in design history to life.
Russian Art 1917-1932
Hardcover ISBN: 1910350435
Russia on Canvas
Hardcover ISBN: 0271002522
This is the first book in the English language devoted to the life and art of Russia's national artist, Ilya Repin (1844–1930). Esteemed by both prerevolutionary and Soviet Russia, Repin is placed beside Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Musorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov for the magnitude of his contribution to Russia'a cultural heritage. Repin gave to Russia a wealth of canvases on contemporary and historical themes as well as many exceptional portraits of the noted personalities of his day. His paintings include such well-known works as The Volga Boatmen, Ivan the Terrible Killing his Son Ivan,Tolstoy in the Forest at Prayer, and the portrait of Musorgsky. This volume illustrates a wide selection of his major works including some works held in the U.S.A. which have never previously been reproduced. Biographical notes on Repin's many friends and portrait subjects provide a cross section of the Russian cultural establishment. The socio-historical turbulence of his times and the stylistic evolution in Russian painting form the background for Repin's development as man and artist. To convey the national status of Repin's achievements, the authors have written of Repin as he himself perceived his life and his art amidst the political, social, and artistic activity of his day.Russia on Canvas thus gives a unique view of a major Russian artist to the English-reading public.
Hardcover ISBN: 0262037432
Crucial texts, many available in English for the first time, written before and during the Bolshevik Revolution by the radical biopolitical utopianists of Russian Cosmism. Cosmism emerged in Russia before the October Revolution and developed through the 1920s and 1930s; like Marxism and the European avant-garde, two other movements that shared this intellectual moment, Russian Cosmism rejected the contemplative for the transformative, aiming to create not merely new art or philosophy but a new world. Cosmism went the furthest in its visions of transformation, calling for the end of death, the resuscitation of the dead, and free movement in cosmic space. This volume collects crucial texts, many available in English for the first time, by the radical biopolitical utopianists of Russian Cosmism. Cosmism was developed by the Russian philosopher Nikolai Fedorov in the late nineteenth century; he believed that humans had an ethical obligation not only to care for the sick but to cure death using science and technology; outer space was the territory of both immortal life and infinite resources. After the revolution, a new generation pursued Fedorov's vision. Cosmist ideas inspired visual artists, poets, filmmakers, theater directors, novelists (Tolstoy and Dostoevsky read Fedorov's writings), architects, and composers, and influenced Soviet politics and technology. In the 1930s, Stalin quashed Cosmism, jailing or executing many members of the movement. Today, when the philosophical imagination has again become entangled with scientific and technological imagination, the works of the Russian Cosmists seem newly relevant. ContributorsAlexander Bogdanov, Alexander Chizhevsky, Nikolai Fedorov, Boris Groys, Valerian Muravyev, Alexander Svyatogor, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood A copublication with e-flux, New York
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia
Hardcover ISBN: 0955006120
A first volume in a best-selling series that reflects intricate and symbolic aspects of Russian subculture and also inspired details from David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises is a visual treasury of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated throughout the course of a Russian prison attendant's career.
What Does It Mean to Be Post-Soviet?
Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire
Hardcover ISBN: 0822371340
Madina Tlostanova traces how contemporary post-Soviet art mediates the post-Soviet human condition through analyses of art and through interviews with artists and writers, showing the important role that radical art plays in building new modes of thought and a decolonial future.