Situating El Lissitsky (Issues and Debates Series)

Situating El Lissitsky (Issues and Debates Series)

by Nancy Perloff
     
 

ISBN-10: 089236677X

ISBN-13: 9780892366774

Pub. Date: 06/27/2003

Publisher: Getty Publications

Situating El Lissitzky reassesses the complex career of one of the most influential yet controversial experimental artists of the early twentieth century. A prolific painter, designer, architect, and photographer, El Lissitzky (1890-1941) worked with the Soviet and the European artistic avant-gardes in the 1920s and as a propagandist for the Stalinist regime in the

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Situating El Lissitzky reassesses the complex career of one of the most influential yet controversial experimental artists of the early twentieth century. A prolific painter, designer, architect, and photographer, El Lissitzky (1890-1941) worked with the Soviet and the European artistic avant-gardes in the 1920s and as a propagandist for the Stalinist regime in the following decade.

Taking readers into the thick of current debates about Lissitzky's artistic personae, Situating El Lissitzky reconstructs aspects of his elusive identity across different periods, places, and media. Following an introduction in which Nancy Perloff distills and draws together the volume's eight essays, Christina Lodder, Éva Forgács, and Maria Gough offer revisionist accounts of Lissitzky's years as an international constructivist and exhibition designer in Europe. John E. Bowlt then investigates the role of handicraft and the symbol of the hand in Lissitzky's artistic production, and Leah Dickerman and Margarita Tupitsyn elucidate the interplay between physicality and opticality at different stages in Lissitzky's development as a photographer. Finally, T. J. Clark and Peter Nisbet address the disconcerting balance of aesthetic value and political expediency in Lissitzky's overtly Communist art. The result is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Lissitzky as Bolshevik visionary, craftsman, modernist, internationalist, and Soviet propagandist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892366774
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
06/27/2003
Series:
Issues & Debates Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
The Puzzle of El Lissitzky's Artistic Identity1
Part I.East-West
El Lissitzky and the Export of Constructivism27
Definitive Space: The Many Utopias of El Lissitzky's Proun Room47
Constructivism Disoriented: El Lissitzky's Dresden and Hannover Demonstrationsraume77
Part II.Hand-Eye
Manipulating Metaphors: El Lissitzky and the Crafted Hand129
El Lissitzky's Camera Corpus153
After Vitebsk: El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, 1924-1929177
Part III.Propaganda
El Lissitzky in Vitebsk199
El Lissitzky circa 1935: Two Propaganda Projects Reconsidered211
Plates235
Five Letters243
Biographical Notes on the Contributors261
Illustration Credits264
Index268

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