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Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism

Kristin Romberg



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University of California Press
15 February 2019
The Arts: General & Reference; History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -; Politics & government
This compelling new account of Russian constructivism repositions the agitator Aleksei Gan as the movement's chief protagonist and theorist. Primarily a political organizer during the revolution and early Soviet period, Gan brought to the constructivist project an intimate acquaintance with the nuts and bolts of making revolution. Writing slogans, organizing amateur performances, and producing mass-media objects define an alternative conception of the work of art -no longer an autonomous object but a labor process through which solidarities are built. In an expansive analysis touching on aesthetic and architectural theory, the history of science and design, sociology, and feminist and political theory, Kristin Romberg invites us to consider a version of modernism organized around the radical flattening of hierarchies, a broad distribution of authorship, and the negotiation of constraints and dependencies. Moving beyond Cold War abstractions, Gan's Constructivism offers a fine-grained understanding of what it means for an aesthetics to be political.
By:   Kristin Romberg
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   998g
ISBN:   9780520298538
ISBN 10:   0520298535
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   15 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Kristin Romberg is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Reviews for Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism

Kristin Romberg delivers an earth-shattering reevaluation of the Russian constructivist discipline of tectonics in her new biography of the art movement's leading agit-man, Aleksei Gan. . . she has written such a tectonically textured testament to Gan-a book that attempts to synthetically respond to the demands of other fields external to history or Slavic studies-as might have made its protagonist proud. * H-Net *

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