ISBN-10:
0262112892
ISBN-13:
9780262112895
Pub. Date:
10/19/2005
Publisher:
MIT Press
Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism

Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism

by Christina Kiaer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262112895
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/19/2005
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christina Kiaer is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

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Christina Lodder

This is one of the most stimulating and original books that I have read about the objects and designs produced by the Russian Constructivists. By elucidating the theoretical and practical complexities of the Soviet context within which these artists were working, and by using recent theory, the author throws important new light on their work of the 1920s. Without trivializing Constructivism or its achievements, Kiaer injects a vivacity, sexual excitement, and creative flamboyance into the movement and its main protagonists that have been missing for far too long.

Anatole Senkevitch

Christina Kiaer's imaginative study of the socialist object is one of the most important, provocative, and illuminating works yet published on Russian Constructivism. Unpacking the myth of Constructivism, it focuses on the everyday objects of mass consumption that the Constructivists theorized and produced in a calculated response to the hybrid consumer culture spawned by the New Economic Policy. The author's fresh, penetrating critique is bound to alter and deepen our understanding of the human dynamics as well as the theoretical imperatives that vitalized the Constructivist project.

Endorsement

Imagine No Possessions is a fascinating analysis of the early Soviet socialist object as a uniquely compelling historical phenomenon, and as the key to a reevaluation of Russian Constructivism. In its recovery of the utopian desires motivating the design of the object-as-comrade, Kiaer's incisive yet accessible book is a stirring reminder that there are alternatives to present-day capitalist triumphalism.

Jonathan Flatley, Department of English, Wayne State University

From the Publisher

Imagine No Possessions is a fascinating analysis of the early Soviet socialist object as a uniquely compelling historical phenomenon, and as the key to a reevaluation of Russian Constructivism. In its recovery of the utopian desires motivating the design of the object-as-comrade, Kiaer's incisive yet accessible book is a stirring reminder that there are alternatives to present-day capitalist triumphalism.

Jonathan Flatley, Department of English, Wayne State University

Jonathan Flatley

Imagine No Possessions is a fascinating analysis of the early Soviet socialist object as a uniquely compelling historical phenomenon, and as the key to a reevaluation of Russian Constructivism. In its recovery of the utopian desires motivating the design of the object-as-comrade, Kiaer's incisive yet accessible book is a stirring reminder that there are alternatives to present-day capitalist triumphalism.

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