Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing

Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing
Library Shelf Location 05.ZAYT
Publication Date 2017



‘Fascinating ... packed with original essays, projects and even conceptual fiction.’
TLS Book of the Year 2017

With contributions from an impressive list of artists, curators, theorists and historians, this book offers an incredible insight into not only contemporary writing on Russian art but writing as art in Russia.’
Adrian George, previously curator at Tate, and author of The Curator’s Handbook

‘Theory and practice are brought together with clarity and conviction in this powerful selection of aesthetic statements.’
John Bowlt, Director, Institute of Modern Russian Culture

‘Zaytseva and Anikina’s comprehensive anthology illuminates the constellation of Russian art across realism and fantasy, Communism and Cosmism, orthodoxy and perpetual revolution.’
Gilda Williams, author of How to Write about Contemporary Art

‘Cosmism is the lure, when a revived mysticism is the order of the day. But this collection is more energetically eclectic than that. It provides a window into three generations of artists and critics – Soviet, Post-Soviet, and today.'
Peter Osborne, author of Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art

‘Fascinating! More proof of the continued vibrancy of Russian art: modern, postmodern or cosmic, despite the fringe ideas increasingly becoming mainstream.’
Alena Ledeneva, Director, UCL FRINGE Centre

‘Long overdue, this anthology is the first to reveal the idiosyncratic and singular perspectives of leading contemporary artists from Russia. Together, the texts offer a portrait of creative resistance from what Bart de Baere calls “the virtually invisible center of the world”.’
Kate Fowle, Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

‘A fascinating collection of essays, full of stimulating paradoxes, which perfectly reflects the intensity of debate on the contemporary Russian art scene, as precarious in everyday life as it is majestic in its cosmic dreams.’
Ekaterina Degot, Alexander Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media, Moscow

‘An excellent initiative to shed light in the English speaking world on Russian writing about and by contemporary artists. It will help give them a broader audience and spark important cross-cultural debate.’
Andrew Jack, journalist for the Financial Times

About the Authors

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Russian-born, US-based conceptual artists known for their pioneering large-scale environments and installations. Andrey Monastyrsky, who along with Illya Kabakov, pioneered the Moscow Conceptualism movement. Boris Groys, art critic, media theorist, and philosopher. Bart De Baere, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp. Pavel Pepperstein, prominent author, painter and film maker. Dmitri Prigov, famous dissident writer and artist who died in 2007. Anton Vidokle, founder of e-flux. Arseny Zhilyaev, artist and author.

ISBN 9781786993243
Quantity 1
Pages 536p; 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
Editors Elena Zaytseva, Alex Anikina
Authors Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Andrey Monastyrsky, Boris Groys, Bart de Baere, Pavel Pepperstein, Dmitri Prigov, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev
Format Paperback
Publisher Zed Books, London
Category Theory
Related Country/Global Region Russia
Language English

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