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Groĭs, Boris

Works: 608 works in 1,515 publications in 16 languages and 17,582 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  Catalogues raisonnés  Interviews  Art  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction, Director, Interviewee, dgs, Curator, Honoree, wat, zxx, Other, Compiler, Vocalist, Interviewer, pan, Singer, Illustrator, wst
Classifications: N6988, 709.470904
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Most widely held works by Boris Groĭs
Art power by Boris Groĭs( )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Art Power' the author examines modern art according to its ideological function. Art, he argues, is produced and brought before the public in two ways - as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In developing his thesis he looks at art produced under totalitarinism, Socialism and post-Communism
Postmodernism and the postsocialist condition : politicized art under late socialism by Aleš Erjavec( )

16 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Berlin Wall was coming down, the Soviet Union was dissolving, Communist China was well on its way down the capitalist path; the world was witnessing political and social transformations without precedent. Artists, seeing it all firsthand, responded with a revolution of their own. What form this revolution took--how artists in the 1980s marked their societies' traumatic transition from decaying socialism to an insecure future--emerges in this remarkable volume. With in-depth perspectives on art and artists in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and Mitteleuropa, China, and Cuba--all from scholars and art critics who were players in the tumultuous cultural landscapes they describe--this stunningly illustrated collection captures a singular period in the history of world art, and a critical moment in the cultural and political transition from the last century to our own. Authors Ales Erjavec, Gao Minglu, Boris Groys, Péter György, Gerardo Mosquera, and Misko Suvakovic observe distinct national differences in artistic responses to the social and political challenges of the time. But their essays also reveal a clear pattern in the ways in which artists registered the exhaustion of the socialist vision and absorbed the influence of art movements such as constructivism, pop art, and conceptual art, as well as the provocations of western pop culture. Indebted to but not derived from capitalist postmodernism, the result was a unique version of postsocialist postmodernism, an artistic/political innovation clearly identified and illustrated for the first time in these pages
Under suspicion : a phenomenology of the media by Boris Groĭs( )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The submedial subject and the flux of signs -- The truth of the medial and the state of exception -- The media-ontological suspicion and philosophical skepticism -- The phenomenology of medial sincerity -- The gaze of the other -- The medium becomes the message -- The case of exception and the truth of the medial -- Marcel Mauss: symbolic exchange or civilization under water -- Claude Lévi-Strauss: mana or the floating signifier -- Georges Bataille: the potlatch with the sun -- Jacques Derrida: the lack of time and its ghosts -- Jean-François Lyotard: the roller-coaster of the sublime -- The time of signs -- Suspicion is the medium
The total art of Stalinism : avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyond by Boris Groĭs( Book )

45 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As communism collapses into ruins, Boris Groys provokes our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders. Interpreting totalitarian art and literature in the context of cultural history, this brilliant essay likens totalitarian aims to the modernists' demands that art should move from depicting to transforming the world. The revolutionaries of October 1917 promised to create a society that was not only more just and more economically stable but also more beautiful, and they intended that the entire life of the nation be completely subordinate to Communist party leaders commissioned to regulate, harmonize, and create a single "artistic" whole out of even the most minute details. What were the origins of this idea? And what were its artistic and literary ramifications? In addressing these issues, Groys questions the view that socialist realism was an "art for the masses." Groys argues instead that the "total art" proposed by Stalin and his followers was formulated by well-educated elites who had assimilated the experience of the avant-garde and been brought to socialist realism by the future-oriented logic of avant-garde thinking. After explaining the internal evolution of Stalinist art, Groys shows how socialist realism gradually disintegrated after Stalin's death. In an undecided and insecure Soviet culture, artists focused on restoring historical continuity or practicing "sots art," a term derived from the combined names of socialist realism (sotsrealizm) and pop art. Increasingly popular in the West, sots-artists incorporate the Stalin myth into world mythology and demonstrate its similarity to supposedly opposing myths
Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groĭs( Book )

14 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Jeff Wall by Kerry Brougher( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and German and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeff Wall is foremost among the artists who since the late 1960s have brought photography to the forefront of contemporary art. This revised and expanded edition of the definitive monograph on the Canadian artist, first published in 1996, includes a new fully illustrated essay on Wall's recent work by the French historian of art and photography Jean-Fran+ois Chevrier, in addition to the artist's recent writings. Describing himself as 'a painter of modern life', Wall produces huge transparencies mounted onto light boxes which diffuse a brilliant glow through his photographs of contemporary urban scenes and 'constructed' social situations. These images employ the latest technology to create tableaux which are evocative of subjects ranging from Hollywood cinema to nineteenth-century history painting. When installed they evoke both the seduction of the cinema screen and the physical presence of minimalist sculptures. Wall engages at a sophisticated level with theories of representation both as an artist and as a theoretical writer on contemporary art and culture. Major surveys of his work have been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995); the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (1995); the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1996), and the Mus+e d'Art Contemporain, Montreal (1999)
Introduction to antiphilosophy by Boris Groĭs( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers are supposed to transmit those truths beyond the limits of their own culture. But, today, we have become skeptical about the ability of an individual philosopher to engage in 'universal thinking', so philosophy seems to capitulate in the face of cultural relativism. In Introduction to Antiphilosophy, Boris Groys argues that modern 'antiphilosophy' does not pursue the universality of thought as its goal but proposes in its place the universality of life, material forces, social practices, passions, and experiences--angst, vitality, ecstasy, the gift, revolution, laughter or 'profane illumination'--and he analyzes this shift from thought to life and action in the work of thinkers from Kierkegaard to Derrida, from Nietzsche to Benjamin. Ranging across the history of modern thought, Introduction to Antiphilosophy endeavors to liberate philosophy from the stereotypes that hinder its development."--Publisher
Open systems : rethinking art c.1970 by Open systems( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Værker af kunstnere fra Europa, Sydamerika og USA præsenteret i skulptur, maleri, film, video og fotografi
History becomes form : Moscow conceptualism by Boris Groĭs( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1970s and 1980s, a group of "unofficial" artists in Moscow--artists not recognized by the state, not covered by state-controlled media, and cut off from wider audiences--created artworks that gave artistic form to a certain historical moment: the experience of Soviet socialism. The Moscow conceptualists not only reflected and analyzed by artistic means a spectacle of Soviet life but also preserved its memory for a future that turned out to be different from the officially predicted one. They captured both the shabby austerity of everyday Soviet life and the utoplan energy of Soviet culture. In History Becomes Form, Boris Groys offers a contemporary's account of what he calls the most interesting Russian artistic phenomenon since the Russian avant-garde
Traumfabrik Kommunismus : die visuelle Kultur der Stalinzeit = Dream factory communism : the visual culture of the Stalin era by Traumfabrik Kommunismus( Book )

17 editions published in 2003 in German and English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The communist postscript by Boris Groĭs( Book )

38 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in 9 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since Plato, philosophers have dreamed of establishing a rational state ruled through the power of language. In this radical and disturbing account of Soviet philosophy, Boris Groys argues that communism shares that dream and is best understood as an attempt to replace financial with linguistic bonds as the cement uniting society. The transformative power of language, the medium of equality, is the key to any new communist revolution. -- Back cover
Ilya Kabakov : the man who flew into space from his apartment by Boris Groĭs( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ilya Kabakov's installation presents an isolated dreamer who develops an impossible project - to fly alone in outer space. Having built a makeshift slingshot, the hero apparently catapults through the ceiling of his shabby room and vanishes into space. The book presents an individual appropriation of a collective Soviet project and the official Soviet propaganda connected to it - where cosmic vision and the political project of the communist revolution are seen as indissoluble."--Jacket
Die Totale Aufklärung : Moskauer Konzeptkunst, 1960-1990 = Total enlightenment : conceptual art in Moscow, 1960-1990 : Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Fundación Juan March( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in German and Multiple languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Über das Neue : Versuch eine Kulturökonomie by Boris Groĭs( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in German and Spanish and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Según Groys, "la producción de lo nuevo es la exigencia a la que todo el mundo debe someterse para encontrar en la cultura el reconocimiento al que aspira: en caso contrario, no tiene ningún sentido ocuparse de los asuntos de la cultura". Saltando por encima de prematuras "muertes del hombre" y apresurados anuncios del fin de la historia, el autor muestra a los artistas y a los teóricos entregados a una lógica cultural-económica a cuya luz la innovación cultural se nos presenta como la más consecuente manifestación cultural de la misma lógica que actúa en otros ámbitos de la vida
Ilya Kabakov : installations 1983-2000 : catalogue raisonné by Ilʹi︠a︡ Iosifovich Kabakov( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalogue raisonné
In the flow by Boris Groĭs( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary art in Eastern Europe( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Russia to Poland and Romania, and from the Czech Republic to Yugoslavia and East Germany, Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe is an ambitious attempt to chart the changing realities of the eastern half of the continent, as seen through the eyes of artists, critics, photographers and curators. If the Iron Curtain and the antagonisms of the Cold War era had often kept the richness and diversity of Eastern European art hidden from the rest of the world, the contemporary era has been a witness to its unparalleled creative explosion and fruitful dialogue with the global art scene. The work featured in this book explores the correlations between shifts in the political, cultural, economic and geographical realities of Eastern Europe and the region's contemporary art. The artists in this book revisit the region's past to envision a better future, reaching challenging conclusions and creating some of the most powerful and inspiring art being produced today. The book features essays from respected writers in the field and profiles the most influential artists producing work in and from the region today."--Publisher description
On the new by Boris Groĭs( Book )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an exploration of the concept of the new in postmodern culture and how original and innovative creations shift from being profane to becoming valuable art
The colonies of bees undermining the moles' subversive effort through time : concert for Buchenwald : part 1, Tram Depot : part 2, Schloss Ettersburg by Rebecca Horn( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1999, acclaimed German multimedia artist Rebecca Horn created 'Concert for Buchenwald', a large-scale, two-part installation in Weimar, Germany commemorating the horrors of genocide and emigration. This darkly intense work evokes both the shoah and the mass murders in former Yugoslavia. The first part of the installation is set in an abandoned train depot. Its walls are lined with glass panes behind whose shiny surfaces you can make out layer upon layer of ashes. Running alongside one of the wells, railroad tracks are blocked up by densely entangled heaps of various stringed instruments, reminiscent of the piles of corpses that were discovered in Buchenwald. The second part is installed in Schloss Ettersburg, an 18th century palatial residence. Here, the humming sound of panicked bees is audible from hives suspended from the ceiling of an opulent ballroom suggesting memories of expulsion and escape. The book's essays explore various aspects and interpretations of Horn's installation; the artist's own notes trace the origins of the installation's prominent metaphors"--Publisher's description
Russian cosmism by Boris Groĭs( Book )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmism emerged in Russia before the October Revolution and developed through the 1920s and 1930s; like Marxism and the European avant-garde, two other movements that shared this intellectual moment, Russian Cosmism rejected the contemplative for the transformative, aiming to create not merely new art or philosophy but a new world. Cosmism went the furthest in its visions of transformation, calling for the end of death, the resuscitation of the dead, and free movement in cosmic space. This volume collects crucial texts, many available in English for the first time, by the radical biopolitical utopianists of Russian Cosmism. Cosmism was developed by the Russian philosopher Nikolai Fedorov in the late nineteenth century; he believed that humans had an ethical obligation not only to care for the sick but to cure death using science and technology; outer space was the territory of both immortal life and infinite resources. After the revolution, a new generation pursued Fedorov's vision. Cosmist ideas inspired visual artists, poets, filmmakers, theater directors, novelists (Tolstoy and Dostoevsky read Fedorov's writings), architects, and composers, and influenced Soviet politics and technology. In the 1930s, Stalin quashed Cosmism, jailing or executing many members of the movement. Today, when the philosophical imagination has again become entangled with scientific and technological imagination, the works of the Russian Cosmists seem newly relevant.0
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Postmodernism and the postsocialist condition : politicized art under late socialism
Postmodernism and the postsocialist condition : politicized art under late socialismThe total art of Stalinism : avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyondIlya KabakovJeff WallIntroduction to antiphilosophyOpen systems : rethinking art c.1970History becomes form : Moscow conceptualismTraumfabrik Kommunismus : die visuelle Kultur der Stalinzeit = Dream factory communism : the visual culture of the Stalin era
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Bao li si Ge luo yi si 1947-

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Boris Groys

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Boris Groys Soviet art historian

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