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Author Gough, Maria.

Title The artist as producer : Russian constructivism in revolution / Maria Gough
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005


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Description xi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Introduction : made in Moscow -- 1. Composition and construction -- 2. In the laboratory of constructivism -- 3. Formulating production -- 4. The death of the object -- 5. Red technics : the Konstruktor in production -- Conclusion : constructivism in revolution
Summary "The Artist as Producer reshapes our understanding of the fundamental contribution of the Russian avant-garde to the development of modernism. Focusing on the single most important hotbed of Constructivist activity in the early 1920s - the Institute of Artistic Culture (INKhUK) in Moscow - Maria Gough offers a reinterpretation of the work of the first group of artists to call themselves Constructivists. Her narrative ranges from famous figures such as Aleksandr Rodchenko to others who are much less well known, such as Karl Ioganson, a key member of the state-funded INKhUK whose work paved the way for an eventual dematerialization of the integral art object."
"Through the mining of untapped archives and collections in Russia and Latvia and a close reading of key Constructivist works, Gough highlights fundamental differences among the Moscow group in their handling of the experimental new sculptural form - the spatial construction - and of their subsequent shift to industrial production. The Artist as Producer upends the standard view that the Moscow group's formalism and abstraction were incompatible with the sociopolitical imperatives of the new Communist state. It offers new perspectives on three critical issues - formalism, functionalism, and failure - that are of central importance to our understanding not only of the Soviet phenomenon but also of the European vanguards more generally."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "Ahmanson Murphy fine arts imprint."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject INKhUK (Art school)
Constructivism (Art) -- Russia (Federation)
Art -- Political aspects -- Russia (Federation)
LC no. 2004016110
ISBN 0520226186 cloth alkaline paper