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Groĭs, Boris

Works: 382 works in 780 publications in 6 languages and 12,045 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  History  Interviews  Miscellanea  Diaries  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Creator, Director, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Contributor, Collaborator
Classifications: N72.P6, 701.03
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Art power by Boris Groĭs ( )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,546 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 ( )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,466 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
The total art of Stalinism : avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyond by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 717 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
Under suspicion a phenomenology of media by Boris Groĭs ( )
9 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since the public generally regards the media with suspicion and distrust, the media's central concern is to regain that trust through the production of sincerity. Advancing the field of media studies in a truly innovative way, Boris Groys focuses on the media's affect of sincerity and its manufacture of trust to appease skeptics. Groys identifies forms of media sincerity and its effect on politics, culture, society, and conceptions of the self. He relies on different philosophical writings thematizing the gaze of the other, from the theories of Heidegger, Sartre, Mauss, and Bataill
Jeff Wall by Kerry Brougher ( Book )
13 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 515 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
Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 502 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."--BOOK JACKET
Open systems : rethinking art c.1970 ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History becomes form : Moscow conceptualism by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 265 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
Introduction to antiphilosophy by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 235 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
Ilya Kabakov : the man who flew into space from his apartment by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traumfabrik Kommunismus : die visuelle Kultur der Stalinzeit = Dream factory communism : the visual culture of the Stalin era ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ilya Kabakov : installations 1983-2000 : catalogue raisonné by Ilʹi︠a︡ Iosifovich Kabakov ( Book )
9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Contemporary art in Eastern Europe ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 182 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 )
3 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
The communist postscript by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 149 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
Über das Neue : Versuch einer Kulturökonomie by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in German and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Project Europa : imagining the (im)possible by Kerry Oliver-Smith ( Book )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unter Verdacht : eine Phänomenologie der Medien by Boris Groĭs ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in German and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uncorporate identity ( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Grois, B.
Groĭs, B. (Boris)
Groïs, Boris
Groĭs, Boris, 1947-
Grojs, B. E. 1947-
Grojs, Boris
Grojs, Boris, 1947-
Grojs, Boris Efimovič 1947-
Grojs, Boris Jefimovič, 1947-
Groys, Boris.
Groys, Boris, 1947-
Гройс, Борис
Гройс, Борис, 1947-
グロイス, ボリス
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