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    DescriptionIn the 1970s and 1980s, a group of "unofficial" artists in Moscow -- artists not recognized by the state, not covered by state-controlled media, and cut off from wider audiences -- created artworks that gave artistic form to a certain historical moment: the experience of Soviet socialism. The Moscow conceptualists not only reflected and analyzed by artistic means a spectacle of Soviet life but also preserved its memory for a future that turned out to be different from the officially predicted one. They captured both the shabby austerity of everyday Soviet life and the utopian energy of Soviet culture. In History Becomes Form, Boris Groys offers a contemporary's account of what he calls the most interesting Russian artistic phenomenon since the Russian avant-garde. The book collects Groys's essays on Moscow conceptualism, most of them written after his emigration to the West in 1981. The individual artists of the group -- including Ilya Kabakov, Lev Rubinstein, and Ivan Chuikov -- became known in the West after perestroika, but until now the artistic movement as a whole has received little attention. Groys's account sheds light not only on the Moscow Conceptualists and their work but also on the dilemmas of Soviet artists during the cold war.


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    Title
    History Becomes Form
    Subtitle
    Moscow Conceptualism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Boris Groys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262525084
    ISBN 10: 0262525089
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVUA
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Approval Code: A02304044
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ART015110
    B&T Approval Code: A02100000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA, ACXJ8
    DC22: 704.03
    BISAC V2.8: ART049000
    DC23: 709.040750947
    Thema V1.0: AGA
    Illustrations note
    92 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Boris Groys is Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of many books, including Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment (2006) and Art Power (2008), both published by the MIT Press.
    Review quote
    "Human history, clumsy and inarticulate, is crystallized here into clear concepts, brilliant statements, and razor-sharp intellectual paradoxes." Artforum