Cosmic Shift:
Russian Contemporary Art Writing

Zed Books

October 18, 2017

Cosmic Shift:
Russian Contemporary Art Writing
Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

Featuring: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Boris Groys, Pavel Pepperstein, Dmitri Prigov, Anton Vidokle, Andrey Monastyrsky and Arseny Zhilyaev among many others

Edited by Elena Zaytseva and Alex Anikina

Foreword by Bart De Baere

A must-have for any contemporary art-lover’s collection.

“This book offers an incredible insight into not only contemporary writing on Russian art but writing as art in Russia.” –Adrian George, former Tate Director and author of The Curator’s Handbook

“Fascinating! More proof of the continued vibrancy of Russian art: modern, postmodern or cosmic, despite the fringe ideas increasingly becoming mainstream.” –Alena Ledeneva, Director UCL FRINGE Centre

“An excellent initiative to shed light in the English-speaking world on Russian writing about and by contemporary artists.” –Andrew Jack, Financial Times

Cosmic Shift is first anthology of Russian contemporary art writing to be published outside Russia, painting a vivid portrait of the country’s cultural and political makeup.

In this book, many of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians come together to examine the region’s various movements of contemporary art, culture, and theory, from communism, cosmism and conceptualism to past and future futures.

With contributions from Bart de Baere, Boris Groys, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anton Vidokle, Pavel Pepperstein amongst many others, this definitive collection reveals a compelling portrait of a vast and complex nation built on a contradicting dialectic between the material and the ideal and a culture battling its own histories and ideologies.

Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing is available at Zed Books, on and