We are delighted to announce the release of a new publication, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives, edited by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow. The book is available as an Open Access edition online (free of charge), as well as in other digital format and printed editions available for purchase from Open Book Publishers.
This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia.
Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art enriches our understanding of the modernist period. The book breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia, and is also one of the very few Open Access titles in its field. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions. Published on the centenary of the 1917 Russian revolution, the book is a timely reflection on the pre and post-revolutionary period.
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