Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture

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Alla Efimova, Lev Manovich, Lev Manovitch, University of Chicago Press
University of Chicago Press, 1993 M10 15 - 231 pages
Fascinated by the myth of the Russian avant-garde and scornful of official art, the West has been selective in its engagement with Russian visual culture. Yet how do contemporary Russian scholars and critics themselves approach the history of visual culture in the former Soviet Union?

Taking its title from a Russian word that can refer to the 'texture" of life, painting, or writing, this anthology assembles thirteen key essays in art history and cultural theory by Russian-language writers. The essays erase boundaries between high and low, official and dissident, avant-garde and socialist realism, art and everyday life. Everything visual is deemed worthy of analysis, whether painting or propaganda banners, architecture or candy wrappers, mass celebrations or urban refuse.

Most of the essays appear here in English for the first time. The editors have selected works of the past twenty years by philosophers, literary critics, film scholars, and art historians. Also included are influential earlier essays by Mikhail Bakhtin, V. N. Voloshinov, and Sergei Eisenstein. Compiled for general readers and specialists alike, Tekstura is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Russian and Soviet cultural history or in new theoretical approaches to the visual.
 

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Contents

THE STUDY OF IDEOLOGIES AND PHILOSOPHY
1
YERMOLOVA
10
THE SPATIAL FORM OF A CHARACTER
37
MOVEMENT IMMOBILITY
56
SOTSART
70
PUBLIC AND ARTIST IN RUSSIA AT THE TURN
89
Boris Groys
115
FROM MYTH TO THEATER
127
TOWARD A LYRICAL MUSEUM
152
AN EXPERIMENT
173
MASS CELEBRATIONS IN A TOTALITARIAN SYSTEM
201
PAPER ARCHITECTURE IN THE AGE OF
219
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