Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys

The fictitious hero of this 1984 installation is a lonely dreamer who develops an impossible project: to fly alone in cosmic space. But this dream is also an individual appropriation of a collective Soviet project and the official Soviet propaganda connected to it. Having built a makeshift slingshot, the hero apparently flies through the ceiling of his shabby room and vanishes into space. The miserable room and the primitive slingshot suggest the reality behind the Soviet utopia, in which where cosmic vision and the political project of the Communist revolution are seen as indissoluble. The Man who Flew into Space from His Apartment also raises questions of authorship in modernity. All of Kabakov's work is made in the name of other, fictitious artists. This reveals a hidden rule of the modern art system: only an artist who doesn't want to be an artist or who doesn't even know that he is an artist is a real artist -- just as only an artwork that does not look like an artwork is a real artwork. The installation is a narrative, the documentation of a fictitious event. Afterall Books are distributed by The MIT Press.

Buy Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781846380044
ISBN-10: 1846380049
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Afterall Publishing
Publisher: Afterall Publishing
Publish Date: 12-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys

Book Reviews - Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Ilya Kabakov book by Boris Groys and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Boris Groys

Boris Groys is Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Global Professor at New York University. He is the author of many books, including Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment (2006) and Art Power (2008), both published by the MIT Press.

Books By Boris Groys

In the Flow by Boris Groys
Hardback, February 2016
$28.79
On the New by Boris Groys
Paperback, June 2014
$39.83
History Becomes Form by Boris Groys
Paperback, October 2013
$34.19
Boris Mikhailov: Bucher Books by Boris Groys
Hardback, July 2013
$67.50