Cosmic Shift

Russian Contemporary Art Writing

Ilya Kabakov, Emilia Kabakov, Boris Groys, Barte de Baere, Pavel Pepperstein, Anton Vidokle, and Dmitry Prigov

Cosmic Shift

Ilya Kabakov, Emilia Kabakov, Boris Groys, Barte de Baere, Pavel Pepperstein, Anton Vidokle, and Dmitry Prigov

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456 pages | 60 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781786993243 Will Publish October 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In this, the first anthology of Russian contemporary art writing to be published outside Russia, many of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians come together to examine the region’s various movements of contemporary art, culture, and theory, from communism, cosmism and conceptualism to past and future futures.
 
With contributions from Barte de Baere, Boris Groys, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anton Vidokle, Bogdan Mamonov, Pavel Pepperstein, Dimitri Prigov and Maria Sumnina amongst many others, this definitive collection reveals a compelling portrait of a vast and complex nation built on a contradicting dialectic between the material and the ideal and a culture battling its own histories and ideologies.
 
Review Quotes
John Bowlt, Director, Institute of Modern Russian Culture
"Theory and practice are brought together with clarity and conviction in this powerful selection of aesthetic statements."
Gilda Williams, author of How to Write about Contemporary Art
“Zaytseva and Anikina’s comprehensive anthology illuminates the constellation of Russian art across realism and fantasy, Communism and Cosmism, orthodoxy and perpetual revolution.”
Peter Osborne, author of Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of 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.”
Alena Ledeneva, Director, UCL FRINGE Centre
“Fascinating! More proof of the continued vibrancy of Russian art: modern, postmodern or cosmic, despite the fringe ideas increasingly becoming mainstream.”
Kate Fowle, Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
“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’.”
Ekaterina Degot, Alexander Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media, 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.”
Andrew Jack, journalist for the Financial Times
“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.”
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