Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change, 1890-1990

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Every so often, the organizers of an art exhibition attempt to address head-on issues of interest in the world of contemporary politics. Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change, 1890-1990 represents such an undertaking. With the break-up of the Soviet Union, countries and cultures under Soviet control suddenly opened up to the West. In the past few years, as information has begun to flow more freely, art historians have found themselves having to re-examine their subjects and concerns in the light of newly ...
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Under Tsarist rule, Jews interested in pursuing artistic careers were educated locally or found opportunities to attend urban academies severely limited. Nonetheless, a ... significant Jewish presence existed on the Russian art scene before the Revolution. Most artist welcomed the Revolution and the lifting of sanctions, and found jobs in culture, or as influential teachers, designers and photographers. Given the present state of research into the Jewish artists of Russia, this book - which documents an exhibition organized by The Jewish Museum, New York - purposely proposes more questions than it answers. A lucid historical overview by historian Michael Stanislawski is followed by seven thought-provoking essays by an international roster of art historians who address, in chronological sequence, the difficult, frequently uplifting history of Jewish art in Russia in the modern period. Includes an index, 46 color plates and 311 black-and-white illustrations. Bound in red cloth. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Every so often, the organizers of an art exhibition attempt to address head-on issues of interest in the world of contemporary politics. Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change, 1890-1990 represents such an undertaking. With the break-up of the Soviet Union, countries and cultures under Soviet control suddenly opened up to the West. In the past few years, as information has begun to flow more freely, art historians have found themselves having to re-examine their subjects and concerns in the light of newly accessible information. Nowhere is this situation more apparent than in the study of Jewish artists in Russia. Until recently, books and catalogues written in the West have concentrated on work done by Russian Jewish artists in exile. Now, for the first time, an international group of scholars has been assembled to address the last hundred years of art produced by Jews living in Russia itself. Given the present state of research, Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change, 1890-1990 - which documents an exhibition organized by The Jewish Museum, New York - purposely proposes more questions than it answers. A lucid historical overview by historian Michael Stanislawski followed by seven thought-provoking essays by an international roster of art historians who address, in chronological sequence, the difficult, frequently uplifting history of Jewish art in Russia in the modern period.
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The catalog of an exhibition opening at the Jewish Museum in New York and then traveling internationally, this volume examines Jewish artists in Russia under the Czars and communism. As seen here, these artists were persecuted before 1917, generally supported the revolution, and then fell victim to Stalin's purges. After Michael Stanislawski's excellent historical overview, the development of Jewish art in Russia is examined chronologically in seven well-written and informative essays done by art historians. A valuable section on the biographies of the leading artists follows. The illustrations support the essays and are well reproduced. A valuable book for any library interested in 20th-century art.-Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791316017
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag GmbH & Co KG.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 9.85 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition 6
Foreword 7
Preface and Acknowledgments 9
Notes to the Reader 13
Experiencing Visibility and Phantom Existence 14
The Jews and Russian Culture and Politics 16
Alienation and Adaptation of Jewish Artists in Russia 28
Jewish Artists and the Russian Silver Age 40
The Jewish Awakening: A Search for National Identity 54
Jewish Artists in the Russian Avant-Garde 71
From Internationalism to Cosmopolitanism: Artists of Jewish Descent in the Stalin Era 81
Choosing To Be Jewish 89
Plates 97
Biographies of the Artists 145
Natan Altman 146
Mark Antokolsky 148
Leon Bakst 150
Isaak Brodsky 152
Grisha Bruskin 154
Erik Bulatov 156
Marc Chagall 158
Iosif Chaikov 160
Ilya Chashnik 162
Robert Falk 164
Naum Gabo 166
Moisei Ginzburg 168
Eduard Gorokhovsky 170
Boris Iofan 172
Ilya Kabakov 174
Anna Kagan 176
Anatoly Kaplan 178
Evgeny Katsman 180
Lazar Khidekel 182
Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid 184
Alexander Kosolapov 186
Alexander Labas 188
Leonid Lamm 190
Isaak Levitan 192
Dmitry Lion 194
El Lissitzky 196
Abraham Manievich 198
Boris Mihailov 200
Moisei Nappelbaum 202
Ernst Neizvestny 204
Solomon Nikritin 206
Leonid Pasternak 208
Yehuda Pen 210
Viktor Pivovarov 212
Oscar Rabin 214
Mikhail Roginsky 216
Issachar Ryback 218
Arkady Shaikhet 220
Grigory Shegal 222
Eduard Shteinberg 224
David Shterenberg 226
Solomon Telingater 228
Oleg Tselkov 230
Boris Turetsky 232
Alexander Tyshler 234
Vladimir Weisberg 236
Vladimir Yakovlev 238
Vladimir Yankilevsky 240
Solomon Yudovin 242
Georgy Zelma 244
Checklist of the Exhibition 247
Selected Documents in the Exhibition 256
Glossary 260
Selected General Bibliography 263
Index 265
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