Moscow Vanguard Art


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Margarita Tupitsyn

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A comprehensive survey of art in Moscow in the era of the Soviet Union that champions the unquenchable spirit of artistic experimentation in the face of political repression

Ambitious and interdisciplinary, Moscow Vanguard Art: 1922-1992 tells the story of generations of artists who resisted Soviet dictates on aesthetics, spanning the Russian avant-garde, socialist realism, and Soviet postwar art in one volume. Drawing on art history, criticism, and political theory, Margarita Tupitsyn unites these three epochs, mapping their differences and commonalities, ultimately reconnecting the postwar vanguard with the historical avant-garde. With a focus on Moscow artists, the book chronicles how this milieu achieved institutional and financial independence, and reflects on the theoretical and visual models it generated in various media, including painting, photography, conceptual, performance, and installation art.  Generously illustrated, this ground-breaking volume, published in the year that marks the centennial of the October Revolution, demonstrates that, regardless of political repression, the spirit of artistic experiment never ceased to exist in the Soviet Union.

Margarita Tupitsyn is an independent curator and author of El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet (Yale) and Malevich and Film (Yale).

“Tupitsyn’s exploration of the history is deep and granular . . . A refreshing, interesting reexamination. Less burdened by outsiders’ preconceptions of art’s purpose in Soviet society.”—Library Journal

"While art historians will find in this book the most comprehensive critical survey of Russian experimental art of the Soviet period to date, Tupitsyn’s study, thanks to its rich factual base and interpretative insights, will also be of great interest to scholars of Soviet culture at large."—Irina Shevelenko, Slavic Review

“Moscow Vanguard Art, 1922-1992 provides a provocative new narrative of the evolution of Soviet unofficial art. . . . the first in-depth, rigorous discussion of the relationship between the postwar American art and the Soviet postwar vanguard.”—Angelina Lucento, H-Net Reviews
ISBN: 9780300179750
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
288 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
148 color + 129 b/w illus.