Books

Books and brochures written by or compiled with G. Kiesewalter's essays

Below are some books, collections and brochures written or compiled, or featuring essays by George Kiesewalter

  1. The main concept of this book, The Communal Body of Moscow, was to feature the lifestyle of nonconformist artists and their images with the help of photographs and short texts so that the readers were able to better understand their art. The book consists of three albums that were created separately: The Moscow Communal Life, “Love Me, Love My Umbrella” and The Artists’ Apartments.
  2. This book, ‘Those Strange Seventies’, features memoirs and interviews with active participants in the cultural life of the 1970s, the representatives of the intellectual and artistic environment of Moscow, writers and poets, artists and musicians, collectors and art historians. They present different views on the events of the decade, contradicting each other, and these contradictory testimonies make it possible to see a difficult and eventful time in some polyphonic completeness.
  3. The co-authors of this collection, ‘The Watershed Eighties’, people of different beliefs, discuss here the unofficial culture of the USSR of the 1980s when visual art was still closely connected with literature and music. The contradictory and crucial decade brought the creative “layer” new opportunities and joys, along with new problems. In the variety of styles of the ambiguous observations of the eyewitnesses and participants in the events of those years, the reader will find unexpected pictures of the bygone era.
  4. The book, ‘Time of Hopes, Time of Illusions’, attempts at analyzing the cultural trends of the so-called thaw period after Stalin’s death when the left and samizdat appeared in Soviet culture. It presents a combination of interviews with the artists, musicians and critics of the 1950-60s, some authentic materials of the time, and an analysis of publications on unofficial art in the West and the USSR. The issues covered in the book, to list just a few, are the formation of the mentality of “thaw” and “thaw culture”; the relationships of unofficial artists, official institutions and authorities; information exchange with the West in those years; a detailed review of various exhibitions of the period, etc.
  5. This well-illustrated brochure presents a combination of an accompanying text and a detailed description of the New Hagiography project displayed in the halls of the MMOMA museum in Moscow in 2011.
  6. The brochure features the famous Soviet artist Anatoly Zverev’s essential views on life and art and some portraits of the artist made by G. Kiesewalter in the mid-1980s.