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The Artist as Producer reshapes our understanding of the fundamental contribution of the Russian avant-garde to the development of modernism. Focusing on the single most important hotbed of Constructivist activity in the early 1920s—the Institute of Artistic Culture (INKhUK) in Moscow—Maria Gough offers a powerful reinterpretation of the work of the first group of artists to call themselves Constructivists. Her lively narrative ranges from famous figures such as Aleksandr Rodchenko to others who are much less well known, such as Karl Ioganson, a key member of the state-funded INKhUK whose work paved the way for an eventual dematerialization of the integral art object.

Through the mining of untapped archives and collections in Russia and Latvia and a close reading of key Constructivist works, Gough highlights fundamental differences among the Moscow group in their handling of the experimental new sculptural form—the spatial construction—and of their subsequent shift to industrial production. The Artist as Producer upends the standard view that the Moscow group's formalism and abstraction were incompatible with the sociopolitical imperatives of the new Communist state. It challenges the common equation of Constructivism with functionalism and utilitarianism by delineating a contrary tendency toward non-determinism and an alternate orientation to process rather than product. Finally, the book counters the popular perception that Constructivism failed in its ambition to enter production by presenting the first-ever case study of how a Constructivist could, and in fact did, operate within an industrial environment. The Artist as Producer offers provocative new perspectives on three critical issues—formalism, functionalism, and failure—that are of central importance to our understanding not only of the Soviet phenomenon but also of the European vanguards more generally.
Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia!: Soviet Art Put to the Check-up


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Groundbreaking new insight into a rich spectrum of early Soviet art and its spaces of display

Published on the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this landmark book gathers information from the forefront of current research in early Soviet art, providing a new understanding of where art was presented, who saw it, and how the images incorporated and conveyed Soviet values. More than 350 works are grouped into areas of critical importance for the production, reception, and circulation of early Soviet art: battlegrounds, schools, the press, theaters, homes and storefronts, factories, festivals, and exhibitions. Paintings by El Lissitzky and Liubov Popova are joined by sculptures, costumes and textiles, decorative arts, architectural models, books, magazines, films, and more. Also included are rare and important artifacts, among them a selection of illustrated children’s notes by Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Allilueva, as well as reproductions of key exhibition spaces such as the legendary Obmokhu (Constructivist) exhibition in 1921; Aleksandr Rodchenko’s 'Workers' Club in 1925; and a Radio-Orator kiosk for live, projected, and printed propaganda designed by Gustav Klutsis in 1922. Bountifully illustrated, this book offers an unprecedented, cross-disciplinary analysis of two momentous decades of Soviet visual culture.

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  • Gough's Go Getters/Don Agapito's Hits The Market

    12/02/15 ,via Hoodline

    Since 1999, Maria and Gustavo Baltazar have been serving pizza and Mexican food at on Gough and Market. But their 16-year tenure, which was spread across two locations, may be coming to an end: Gustavo confirmed to us that the restaurant is up for sale.

  • Poetry Bus Magazine: bang on the money

    12/03/15 ,via Irish Times (blog)

    Money and family make for some hard-hitting poems like Julian Gough's Gold: “King Midas touches your beautiful children/ still in their seatbelts/ as soon as the car's out of sight.” Maria Isakova Bennett's Short and Sour is another short poem punching



  • The Artist as Producer

    Univ of California Press. 2015. ISBN: 9780520226180,0520226186. 257 pages.

    "The Artist as Producer confronts the problem of making a politics with art. Gough's balanced rigor in mining obscure archives on the one hand, while performing brilliant readings of recalcitrant artworks on the other gives her account of Constructivism's utopian promise and less-than-utopian outcome great texture. She has produced something very rare: an art-historical study that not only adds to our knowledge but captures the intense poignancy of modern art's serious ambition to undertake a revolution of--and with--form."--David Joselit, Professor, History of Art, Yale University "To see a sculptor plunging into the politics and the cultural politics of the factory floor is a rare sight indeed in art history. It takes immense historical discipline to do it justice. Maria Gough takes the 'author as producer' question dear to Marxist aesthetics (think of Walter Benjamin, but think also of Trotsky, of Gramsci) and raises it into new relevance. The question always was and is a motor. This book shows us, beautifully, how and why."--Molly Nesbit, Professor of Art, Vassar College "The Artist as Producer is a remarkable and impressive piece of scholarship, which challenges existing assumptions about Soviet Constructivism and demands that we rethink the movement in its entirety."--Christina Lodder, author of Russian Constructivism

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  • Camp Maria oyster scald succeeded

    12/02/15 ,via SoMd News

    Our oyster scald would not have been such a success without our faithful volunteers: Natalie and Meredith Emmart, Sister Maria Brocato, Mary Gene Frank, Francis and Louise Gough, Kathy Guy, Clarke Guy, Carol Edick, Mark Kovalcik, Joseph Kovalcik ...

  • Man charged with gruesome school murder faces judge in new hearing

    10/13/15 ,via WSVN-TV

    I can only say that because the human part, we can't understand," said Jorge Gough, the victim's father. Meanwhile, painful memories have begun to resurface for the family more than a decade later. "I leave everything in God and in the law," said Maria ...

  • Maria's Steakcafe Bangsar

    10/10/15 ,via

    about 4 months ago · 26 Reviews · Gough Chong — 5 starGreat steaks. Tried all of them with a group of six - Wagyu, Angus, Rib eye, tenderloin. All well-seasoned, good aroma, and flavorful in their own right. Will definitely be back.


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Maria Gough | Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

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