Russian and Soviet Views of Modern Western Art, 1890s to Mid-1930s

Author: Ilia Dorontchenkov,N. A. Gurʹi︠a︡nova

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520253728

Category: Art

Page: 347

View: 9674

From the first Modernist exhibitions in the late 1890s to the Soviet rupture with the West in the mid-1930s, Russian artists and writers came into wide contact with modern European art and ideas. Introducing a wealth of little-known material set in an illuminating interpretive context, this sourcebook presents Russian and Soviet views of Western art during this critical period of cultural transformation. The writings document complex responses to these works and ideas before the Russians lost contact with them almost entirely. Many of these writings have been unavailable to foreign readers and, until recently, were not widely known even to Russian scholars. Both an important reference and a valuable resource for classrooms, the book includes an introductory essay and shorter introductions to the individual sections.

The Steins Collect

Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-garde

Author: Janet C. Bishop,Cécile Debray,Rebecca A. Rabinow,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,Grand Palais (Paris, France),Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300169416

Category: Art

Page: 492

View: 6149

Published to accompany an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 21-Sept. 6, 2011, the Reunion des Musees Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, Oct. 3, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Feb. 21-June 3, 2012.

Decentring the Avant-Garde

Author: Per Bäckström,Benedikt Hjartarson

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401210373

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 3817

Decentring the Avant-Garde presents a collection of articles dealing with the topography of the avant-garde. The focus is on different responses to avant-garde aesthetics in regions traditionally depicted as cultural, geographical and linguistic peripheries. Avant-garde activities in the periphery have to date mostly been described in terms of a passive reception of new artistic trends and currents originating in cultural centres such as Paris or Berlin. Contesting this traditional view, Decentring the Avant-Garde highlights the importance of analysing the avant-garde in the periphery in terms of an active appropriation of avant-garde aesthetics within different cultural, ideological and historical settings. A broad collection of case studies discusses the activities of movements and artists in various regions in Europe and beyond. The result is a new topographical model of the international avant-garde and its cultural practices.

Impressionist and Modern

The Art and Collection of Fritz Gross

Author: Catherine Whistler

Publisher: Ashmolean Museum

ISBN: 9780907849971

Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 3699

Fritz Gross, architect, designer, and artist is as well known for his own work, as he is for collecting the works of many of the great Impressionist and modern masters. This outstanding catalogue presents sixty-four paintings, prints, and drawings from Gross's private collection, including works by Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin, in addition to his own critically-acclaimed architectural and design patterns. In setting illustrations of Gross's own work side by side with those of the Impressionist and modern masters, the volume demonstrates not only Gross's taste as a collector but his position as an artist.


A Novel

Author: Donna Drew Sawyer

Publisher: Creative Cache LLC

ISBN: 9780991614325


Page: 334

View: 5250

PROVENANCE is a thrilling and emotional tale about the redemptive power of love, the healing influence of the arts and the ultimate aspiration--freedom. In an expansive saga that weaves historical fact with fiction across five decades and three generations, PROVENANCE is the story of one American family determined to escape the barriers of race, class and gender. A fateful accident changes the course of Hank Whitaker's life. Now, decades later, another accident forces him to change everything for his family. On his death bed, Hank confesses to his wife, Maggie, and 18-year-old son, Lance, that he is a black man--passing for white. Hank's revelation and Virginia's racial integrity laws make Maggie a criminal and, despite his racially ambiguous appearance, Lance must now abide by the brutally restrictive laws that govern the lives of Negroes in the segregated south. At the insistence of Maggie's indomitable mother Charlotte, the family flees the provincial south for Paris; hoping to defy racism like many African Americans did in the early 20th century. Seeking solace in the cafEs, clubs, salons and art galleries, as well as the boudoirs of the City of Light, Lance eventually finds purpose within the vibrant community of talented artists and wealthy expatriates who define the art world after World War I. Like his father before him, Lance's glorious life, based on secrets and lies, eventually begins to unravel, exacting a heavy toll on him and the woman he dares to love. By challenging a privileged society designed to make it impossible to achieve anything, PROVENANCE's flawed and captivating characters succeed by gaining unparalleled access to everything. However, they must ultimately come to terms with who they are--evoking Shakespeare's caution, "to thine own self be true," or pay the price for living a lie.

MoMA Highlights

350 Works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Author: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art

ISBN: 0870708465

Category: Art

Page: 380

View: 5048

This new edition of MoMA Highlights is a fresh consideration of the Museum’s superlative collection of modern and contemporary art. It presents a rich chronological overview of the most significant artworks from each of MoMA's curatorial departments—painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, film, and media and performance art—with each work represented by a vibrant image and a short informative text. This redesigned volume features 115 new works since the previous edition, many of them recent acquisitions, ranging from typefaces to sculptures to conceptual performances that reflect the Museum’s ongoing dedication to the art of our time. MoMA Highlights is an indispensable resource for exploring one of the premier art collections in the world.

Matisse the Master

A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954

Author: Hilary Spurling

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0679434291

Category: Art

Page: 512

View: 832

Chronicles the later years of the influential artist, interweaving analyses of his work with a study of Matisse's relationships with family and friends, trips around the world, the women in his life, and the continuing influences on the evolution of his a

Houghton Revisited

The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine the Great's Hermitage

Author: Larissa Dukelskaya

Publisher: Royal Academy Books

ISBN: 9781907533501

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 888

This new book offers a portrait of a perfectly preserved English country house and the magnificent art collection of its former owner, Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. Walpole amassed a dazzling array of Old Masters, including paintings by Van Dyck, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt, and hired celebrated decorator William Kent to design the interiors of Houghton Hall specifically to showcase them. But when Walpole died, his family was shocked to find that he had amassed huge debt, and were forced to sell the treasured collection—to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Now, these masterpieces are returning to Houghton Hall. Essays uncover the wonders of Walpole’s collection and trace its journey to the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, to which most of the works now belong.


Author: Jean-Michel Basquiat,Dieter Buchhart

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag

ISBN: 9783775725934

Category: Art

Page: 186

View: 7376

"American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) quickly became one of art history's most luminescent personalities; his friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna, as well as his tragic death at the age of twenty-seven, are the stuff of legend. This retrospective publication traces the artist's unique career and pinpoints his important position in art history. Basquiat's works are marked by the kind of intensity and energy that also determined the course of his brief life. In just eight years--comparable to the career of Egon Schiele--Basquiat not only managed to create an extensive oeuvre, but also to establish new figurative and expressive elements alongside Conceptual and Minimal Art. At the age of twenty-one, he became the youngest artist ever to be invited to the documenta, while his work also anticipated that of Germany's Junge Wilde movement and the art of the nineties."--Publisher's website.

Living with Matisse, Picasso and the New Decade

Theodor Ahrenberg and His Collections

Author: Monte Packham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500970607


Page: 372

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Living with Matisse, Picasso, and Christo explores one of the most ambitious, and yet largely unknown, private collections of twentieth-century Western art, and its charismatic creator Theodor "Teto" Ahrenberg (1912-1989). Containing over 6,000 artworks acquired between the 1940s and late 1980s, Ahrenberg's collection features key works by artists as distinguished and diverse as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Olle Bartling, Sam Francis, Öyvind Fahlström, Tadeusz Kantor, Lucio Fontana, Christo, Jean Tinguely, and Niki de Saint Phalle.Ahrenberg's ever-evolving collection was shaped by his commitment to the changing notion of contemporary art, his dedication to young and marginalized artists, and a self- declared conviction that he was not merely a collector but one who facilitated exhibitions, collaborations, and commissions, and who employed art as an instrument against conservatism and complacency. Ahrenberg passionately believed in personally meeting those artists whose works he acquired, and he accordingly established rich, long-term friendships that transcended the conventional artist-collector dynamic.

Keeping an Eye Open

Essays on Art

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101874791

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 9230

An extraordinary collection—hawk-eyed and understanding—from the Man Booker Prize–winning, best-selling author of The Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life. As Julian Barnes notes: “Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting . . . But it is a rare picture that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.” This is the exact dynamic that informs his new book. In his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, Barnes had a chapter on Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, and since then he has written about many great masters of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, including Delacroix, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. The seventeen essays gathered here help trace the arc from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism; they are adroit, insightful and, above all, a true pleasure to read. From the Hardcover edition.


A Painter in Sound

Author: Stephen Walsh

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1524731935

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 5179

A beautifully written and original biography of one of the greatest and most popular of modern composers--which also deeply investigates his much-loved music. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. The creator of such classics as La Mer and Clair de Lune, of Pelléas et Mélisande and his magnificent, delicate piano works, he is the modernist everybody loves, the man who drove French music into entirely new regions of beauty and excitement at a time when old traditions--and the overbearing influence of Wagner--threatened to stifle it. As a central figure at the birth of modernism, Debussy's influence on French culture was profound. Yet at the same time his own life was complicated and often troubled by struggles over money, women, and ill-health. Walsh's engagingly original approach is to enrich a lively account of this life with brilliant analyses of Debussy's music: from his first daring breaks with the rules as a Conservatoire student to his mature achievements as the greatest French composer of his time. The Washington Post called Stephen Walsh's Stravinsky "one of the best books ever written about a composer." Debussy is a worthy successor.

Beyond Vision

Essays on the Perception of Art

Author: Pavel Florensky

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861896395

Category: Art

Page: 316

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Beyond Vision is the first English-language collection of essays on art by Pavel Florensky (1882–1937), Russian philosopher, priest, linguist, scientist, mathematician – and art historian. In addition to seven essays by Florensky, the book includes a biographical introduction and an examination of Florensky’s contribution as an art historian by Nicoletta Misler. Beyond Vision reveals Florensky’s fundamental attitudes to the vital questions of construction, composition, chronology, function and destination in the fields of painting, sculpture and design. His reputation as a theologian and philosopher is already established in the English-speaking world, but this first collection in English of his art essays (translated by Wendy Salmond) will be a revelation to those in the field. Pavel Florensky was a true polymath: trained in mathematics and philosophy at Moscow University, he rejected a scholarship in advanced mathematics in order to study theology at the Moscow Theological Academy. He was also an expert linguist, scientist and art historian. A victim of the Soviet government’s animosity towards religion, he was condemned to a Siberian labor camp in 1933 where he continued his work under increasingly difficult circumstances. He was executed in 1937.


The Art of Landscape

Author: Museum Barberini Museum Barberini Publications

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783791356297


Page: 240

View: 7502

This magnificently illustrated book draws on the latest scholarly research to reveal new perspectives on the techniques and influences of Impressionist landscapes. This breathtaking survey takes a multi-faceted approach in its study of 90 seminal works of Impressionist art. Accompanying the inaugural exhibition of the new Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, the book features contributions by six leading scholars who examine a wide range of themes, from the use of repetition and variation to the ecological climate in which the artists worked. Underlying and unifying these perspectives is the inexorable change of the landscape itself. Poised on the brink of the Modern Era, the Impressionists documented the effects of industrialization on French landscapes. Amid these transitions, the artists used the landscape itself to advance their own explorations into the field of color theory. The book also explores the influence of modern poetry and photography on the creation of these paintings. With beautiful reproductions from the masters--including Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir--this volume takes an exciting new approach to the study of Impressionism, while introducing audiences to the holdings of remarkable new museum.

The Strange Comrade Balabanoff

The Life of a Communist Rebel

Author: Maria Lafont

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476623635

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 2021

Born in 1878 to a wealthy Ukrainian family, Angelica Balabanoff broke ties with her parents and left for Europe to become one of the leading female socialists of the early 20th century. Just five feet tall, plump and plain, she was rumored to be a lover of Mussolini, Lenin, and Trotsky. Returning to Russia at the beginning of the October Revolution, she became one of the few women to occupy high-ranking positions within the all-male Bolshevik government, later fleeing Russia in disagreement with Lenin’s politics. She was accused by European and American secret services of promoting communist propaganda, and by the Soviets of disloyalty. She lived in small dormitory-like rooms, moving on average every two years with her two suitcases of important documents. She died in Rome at the age of 96, concluding her 65-year career by supporting Giuseppe Saragat in his quest to become president of Italy. During her nomadic life, state and police agencies in the countries she visited compiled documents on her. The author draws on this extensive, scattered archive in this first biography of Balabanoff.

Ilya Kabakov

the man who flew into space from his apartment

Author: Boris Groĭs

Publisher: Afterall Books


Category: Art

Page: 43

View: 1428

An illustrated study of one of Ilya Kabakov's most fantastic installations.

Keys to a Passion

Author: Suzanne Page

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300215427


Page: 284

View: 780

This beautiful and authoritative book brings together a number of exceptional works of art whose audacity disrupted the course of art history at the beginning of the 20th century. Major artists including Monet, Mondrian, Malevich, Rothko, Bonnard, Picasso, Munch, Giacometti, Bacon, Léger, Picabia, Matisse, Kupka, and Kandinsky are each represented by a key piece from their oeuvre. The text comprises 20 essays on the individual artists by a team of internationally renowned experts. Additional essays grapple with important questions and current debates within the art world, such as which artists are now making art history, and what gives a work lasting iconic status. The book focuses on well-known, landmark works that are models of the passionate creation of art as well as staples of scholarship on art history.