This book reconstructs the efforts of avant-garde artists, primarily Natal'ia Goncharova and her Muscovite colleagues, to reclaim Russia's 'Eastern' cultural heritage. Before the First World War, art addressed a crisis in self-representation that was a consequence of Russia's dual cultural legacies, Asian and European. This text represents Goncharova's leading role in this project, both as a spokesperson and a painter. The animated and often polarizing debates concerning the cultural identity of contemporary art were often preceded by Goncharova's practices that react to a critical tradition that, for at least a decade, had accused the radical 'left' Muscovite artists of failing to create a national tradition.Read more
- First study of Goncharova's work in English
- Discussion of Orientalism, primitivism in early 20th century Russian Art
- Social history of avant-garde in Moscow before 1914
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"A complex and erudite book, providing extensive primary material...The physical qualities of presentation and formal presentation of the text, notes, bibliography, index, and the copius illustrations are exemplary, and the book is a substantial contribution to scholarship on the Russian avant-garde."
-Alison Hilton, Slavic ReviewSee more reviews
"...a welcome addition on this subject!....Sharp expertly conveys the complexity of Goncharova's work and that of her dialogue with her sources...She successfully addresses the contemporary binary view of the "civilized" West and "barbarian" Russia...Russian Modernism between East and West is an important publication that not only redresses the lack of a current scholarly English monograph on Goncharova, but also advances considerably our understanding of the Russian avant-garde."
- Cheryl Kramer, Women's Art Journal
"Sharp's achievement-illuminating fascinating aspects of both Goncharova's work and russian Modernism-is truly collosal."
- Alina Orlov, Independent Scholar
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- Date Published: April 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521831628
- length: 360 pages
- dimensions: 286 x 222 x 25 mm
- weight: 1.453kg
- contains: 174 b/w illus. 14 colour illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. A westernizing avant-garde
3. Art into life
4. Nationality on display: official versions, avant-garde interventions
5. Orientalism in reverse
6. Anti-artist: the year 1913–1914
7. Vsechestvo: Russia's other modernism.
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