Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture

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Alla Efimova, Lev Manovich
University of Chicago Press, Oct 15, 1993 - Art - 231 pages
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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

FOREWORD
THE STUDY OF IDEOLOGIES AND PHILOSOPHY
YERMOLOVA
THE SPATIAL FORM OF A CHARACTER
MOVEMENTIMMOBILITY
SOTSART
PUBLIC AND ARTIST IN RUSSIA AT THE TURN
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Lev Manovich is Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego. His book "The Language of New Media" (MIT Press, 2001) has been hailed as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.

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