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Groĭs, Boris

Works: 556 works in 1,382 publications in 16 languages and 16,587 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  Catalogues raisonnés  Interviews  Art  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction, Director, Interviewee, zxx, wat, Other, Compiler, Singer, wst, Interviewer, Illustrator, pan
Classifications: N6988, 709.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Boris Groĭs
The total art of Stalinism : avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyond by Boris Groĭs( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 779 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
Art power by Boris Groĭs( Book )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 529 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
Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groĭs( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 528 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 )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and German and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeff Wall is one of the leading international contemporary artists of the nineties. His work consists primarily of large photographic transparencies mounted in lightboxes, drawing on themes from art history, advertising, film, and documentary photography. These are constructed images, making use of sets and actors, which play on several layers of meaning. This book covers the full range of Wall's work and includes previously unseen photographs. Kerry Brougher's essay covers the entire period of development of Wall's work and discusses its relationship to historical and contemporary visual media
Postmodernism and the postsocialist condition : politicized art under late socialism by Aleš Erjavec( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 402 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( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 369 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
Open systems : rethinking art c.1970 by Open systems( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Værker af kunstnere fra Europa, Sydamerika og USA præsenteret i skulptur, maleri, film, video og fotografi
Introduction to antiphilosophy by Boris Groĭs( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 343 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
History becomes form : Moscow conceptualism by Boris Groĭs( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 300 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 )

16 editions published in 2003 in German and English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The communist postscript by Boris Groĭs( Book )

33 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 264 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. From the Hardcover edition
Ilya Kabakov : the man who flew into space from his apartment by Boris Groĭs( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 250 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 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ilya Kabakov : installations 1983-2000 : catalogue raisonné by Ilʹi︠a︡ Iosifovich Kabakov( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

catalogue raisonné
Über das Neue : Versuch einer Kulturökonomie by Boris Groĭs( Book )

30 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in German and Spanish and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met lit. opg. Het culturele proces van vernieuwing wordt verklaard als een economische operatie, aangedreven door wetten van ruil, waardebepaling, de dynamiek van de intellectuele markt, en het produktief maken van het culturele archief
Contemporary art in Eastern Europe( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 201 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
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 181 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
In the flow by Boris Groĭs( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the new by Boris Groĭs( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 161 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
Going public by Boris Groĭs( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If all things in the world can be considered as sources of aesthetic experience, then art no longer holds a privileged position. Rather, art comes between the subject and the world, and any aesthetic discourse used to legitimize art must also necessarily serve to undermine it. Following his recent books Art Power and The Communist Postscript, in Going Public Boris Groys looks to escape entrenched aesthetic and sociological understandings of art-which always assume the position of the spectator, of the consumer. Let us instead consider art from the position of the producer, who does not ask what it looks like or where it comes from, but why it exists in the first place. Recensie verschenen in: Open. (2011)21(.170-171)
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The total art of Stalinism : avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyond
Alternative Names
Bao li si Ge luo yi si 1947-

Baolisi-Geluoyisi 1947-

Boris Groys

Boris Groys deutscher Kunstwissenschaftler

Boris Groys Duits kunsthistoricus

Boris Groys Soviet art historian

Boris Groys storico dell'arte tedesco

Geluoyisi, Baolisi 1947-

Groĭs, B.

Groĭs, B. (Boris)

Grois, B. E. 1947-

Groĭs, Boris

Groĭs, Boris 1947-

Grois, Boris Efimovich 1947-

Grois, Boris Efimowitsch 1947-

Groiss, Boriss 1947-

Grojs, B.E. 1947-

Grojs, Boris

Grojs Boris 1947-....

Grojs, Boris Efimovič 1947-

Grojs, Boris Jefimovič 1947-

Gros, Boris Efimovich 1947-


Groys, Boris  1947-

Борис Гройс

Гройс, Б.Е 1947-

Гройс, Борис

Гройс, Борис 1947-

Гройс, Борис, (Борис Ефимович), 1947-

גרוס, בוריס, 1947-

그로이스, 보리스 1947

グロイス, ボリス


Art powerIlya KabakovJeff WallPostmodernism and the postsocialist condition : politicized art under late socialismOpen systems : rethinking art c.1970Introduction to antiphilosophyHistory becomes form : Moscow conceptualismTraumfabrik Kommunismus : die visuelle Kultur der Stalinzeit = Dream factory communism : the visual culture of the Stalin era