Василий Кандинский. Контрапункт: «Композиция VI» — «Композиция VII» 
Wassily Kandinsky. Counterpoint: Composition VI — Composition VII 

198 × 265 mm
Paper: HannoArt Bulk 150 g/m², Pergraphica 130 g/m²
72 pages
ISBN: 978–5-89580–127–7

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To mark the 150th anniversary of Kandinsky’s birth, the Tretyakov Gallery has collaborated with the Hermitage Museum to bring two of Vasily Kandinsky's most iconic works Composition VI and Composition VII together in Moscow.
   Abstract by nature, music was a key driving force behind Kandinsky’s search for pure forms and colors. Likening painting to composing music, he often used musical terms, such as impressions and compositions to identify his works. A crucial concept in the artist’s system is counterpoint — the art of combining different melodic lines in a musical composition. Borrowing the idea from musical theory, he applied it to painting, describing it as superior way of organizing an artwork.
   “Counterpoint as we know is comparison or contrast of two melodies. But for Kandinsky this is comparison or contrast of color patterns, of color and form. In some cases, it can be polyphonic compositions, in others it can be rougher cacophonic collisions,” said Lyudmila Bobrovskaya, the curator of the exhibition. ©

 “Painting is a rumbling battle of worlds, which is meant to create a new world called a work of art through this battle. Technically, all the works emerge the same as spacedid – through catastrophes, which are like chaotic roars of orchestras, uniting into a symphony at the end. Creating a work is creating a world.” (W. Kandinsky, “Steps”)

Жан Жене «Альберто Джакометти»
Jean Genet “Alberto Giacometti”

Ad Marginem Press
130 × 185 mm
Paper: Munken 120 g/m²
96 pages
ISBN: 978-5-91103-337-8
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Sixty years after its release with Éditions L’Arbalète, this book remains one of the most precious testimonies of the artist’s work and a unique description of his creative world.
   With the permanent reconstruction of the artist’s studio, the visitor will discover what Genet considered to be “the most important and the most complete” of Giacometti’s artworks, “his other self, the essence and ultimate residue of his artistic contribution.” It was in this legendary space, covered in dust and plunged into silence, that Genet, seated on an uncomfortable straw chair, posed on several occasions between 1954 and 1957. Between the two men, an intense dialogue was established, which revealed the very essence of art and of Giacometti’s personality. ©

Цай Гоцян. Октябрь 
Cai Guo Qiang. October 

240 × 320 mm
Paper: HannoArt Bulk 150 g/m²
192 pages
ISBN: 978-5-4330-0078-0
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The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presented contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Russia this September: Cai Guo-Qiang: October. A reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the ambitious body of work originally created for the exhibition will transform the main exhibition areas of the museum. Artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches. ©
   A bilingual catalogue in English and Russian will be available at the end of September. In addition to numerous images detailing the process and outcome of the exhibition, the catalogue will also include Cai’s stirring personal essay A Boy’s October and scholarly contributions by Alexandra Danilova, Alexander Etkins, Boris Groys, Lars Nittve. The catalogue integrates personal, historical, artistic and political perspectives, echoing and responding to the themes and questions raised by the exhibition. ©

Коллекция Fondation Louis Vuitton 
Collection of Fondation Louis Vuitton 

240 × 320 mm
Paper: Arctic Volume 130 g/m²
168 pages
ISBN: 978-5-4330-0134-3
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In cooperation with one of the world's leading collections of contemporary art Fondation Louis Vuitton, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presents the exhibition “Collection of Fondation Louis Vuitton: Selected Works”. Visitors will have the chance to get acquainted with the collection’s most famous works, from Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol to Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Christian Boltanski, Marina Abramović, Maurizio Cattelan, Andreas Gursky and other prominent artists. The exhibition includes 65 works in a diversity of media: painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. ©

Мари Арнтцер «Дресс-код. Голая правда о моде»
Grinde Arntzen “Dress Code: The Naked Truth About Fashion” 

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130 × 185 mm
Paper: Goznak 100 g/m²
200 pages
ISBN: 978-5-91103-341-5
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As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months.” And yet it serves to make us beautiful, or at least make us feel beautiful. In this book, Mari Grinde Arntzen asks how and why this is—how can fashion simultaneously attract us to its glamour and repel us with its superficiality and how being called “fashionable” can be at once a compliment and an insult.
   Arntzen guides us through the major figures and brands of today’s fashion industry, showing how they shape us and in turn why we love to be shaped by them. She examines both everyday, affordable “fast fashion” brands, as well as the luxury market, to show how fashion commands a powerful influence on every socioeconomic level of our society. Stepping into our closets with us, she thinks about what happens when we get dressed: why fashion can make us feel powerful, beautiful, and original at the same time that it forces us into conformity. Stripping off the layers of the world’s fifth largest industry, garment by garment, she holds fashion up as a phenomenon, business, and art, exploring the questions it forces us to ask about the body, image, celebrity, and self-obsession.
   Ultimately, Arntzen asks the most direct question: what is fashion? How has it taken such a powerful hold on the world, forever propelling us toward its concepts of beauty? ©

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