John McEwen

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Vitebsk: The Life of Art


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Under Communism this book could not have existed. Today the work of the Russian modern art pioneers it discusses is devoutly memorialised. Yet the change is still recent enough to make it easy to understand the warm critical reception Vitebsk (which largely concerns the period 1917–22) received in Russia and Israel in 2001, and the ‘wonderful letters’ the author was sent by descendants of those mentioned. Now, translated and updated, it enters the art-historical mainstream. 

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