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Ilya Kabakov

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After spending some thirty years as an 'unofficial' artist behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union, Ilya Kabakov first came to the attention of the West in the 1980s. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century, with installations that speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally. His installations are, in some instances, akin to theatrical mise-en-scenes, reproducing a cramped ...
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After spending some thirty years as an 'unofficial' artist behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union, Ilya Kabakov first came to the attention of the West in the 1980s. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century, with installations that speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally. His installations are, in some instances, akin to theatrical mise-en-scenes, reproducing a cramped communal apartment or a flooded art museum as a site of Schadenfreude-like comedies on human frustration and doomed aspirations. Alternating between light-hearted irony and genuine tragedy, Kabakov evokes a shadowy world lit by a twenty-watt bulb in which fable-like miracles might occur: a homespun cosmonaut may fly into space, or the radio/television aerial may spell out a poem against the sky. Ilya Kabakov's work has featured in the world's most significant surveys of contemporary art, among them Documenta IX (Kassel, Germany, 1992), and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 1997). In 1993 Kabakov represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810925441
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 4 Volume Boxed Set
  • Pages: 878

Table of Contents

Interview: David A. Ross in conversation with Ilya Kabakov 6
The Movable Cave, or Kabakov's Self-memorials 30
Going to Heaven 80
The Steppe (extract), 1888 92
The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away, c. 1977 98
Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future, 1982 106
Mental Institution, or Institute of Creative Research, 1991 108
The Life of Flies, 1992 112
The Communal Kitchen, 1992 120
Cezanne, 1995 122
In conversation with Robert Storr (extract), 1995 124
Healing with Paintings, 1996 130
Monument to the Lost Glove, 1996 132
The Palace of Projects (extract), 1998 136
The Boat of My Life, 1993 140
Chronology 144
Bibliography, List of Illustrations 159
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