Image and theme of the war in Tolstoy's “Sevastopol Stories”
In the military stories (“Raid”, “Forest Cutting”, “Sevastopol in December 1854, in May and August 1855”) Tolstoy dwells on the question of how legitimate war, demanding so many bloody victims,…

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Dante "Hell"
In the two greatest creations of Dante Alighieri - "New Life" and in the "Divine Comedy" (see its summary) - the same idea has been carried out. Both are bound…

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Two crosses of Konstantin Batiushkov
This year marks the 230th anniversary of the birth of Konstantin Nikolaevich Batyushkov (1787–1855) and the 200th anniversary of the release of his only book, the two-volume book Experiments in…

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What to read: 10 books on contemporary art and culture

Be In Trend has prepared a selection of 10 books on contemporary art, which will help from different angles to look at the art of the last 100 years. The list includes both non-fiction books and studies of famous contemporary art critics, art historians and philosophers.

What is a work of art today and how can it be? What is modern culture like? These and many other questions, in fact, are set not only by the audience, but also by the actors and researchers themselves. Natural is the process of constantly reviewing all these issues, analyzing what has been done in art over the past few centuries and tracking the artistic processes of our time. Continue reading

Nobuyoshi Araki

“Of course, in every work there is a pornographic connotation. Otherwise, it would be just eroticism – pure, intellectual and uninteresting. And I do an upgrade by adding a bit of dirt – we all love dirt. ”

Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is a master of provocative and defiant photography. The Japanese, who openly express themselves through photographs, at times prompting us to think about shung and (oh gods) Hentai, published over 250 books with his works. The confiscation of works and the closure of exhibitions only increase world fame and interest in his works, an honest photo. Continue reading

ART BOOKS

The art book is a stumbling block in the perennial issue of “execution can not be pardoned.” Only in our case – “buy cannot be downloaded”. Yes, they are often cumbersome, heavy, and one cannot say that for daily reading, they surely are rarely seen as wiped. Such an unexpected question comes to mind: “What is the Art Book? Is this actually a book about Arta, or something more?

Surely at each of us at home you can find a couple of top three books with the promising title a la “500 world masterpieces of the universal scale” or “Contemporary art now then always everywhere”, etc. Is this an art book? Continue reading

Aristophanes "Clouds"
Somewhat different from the usual carnival type of Aristophanes are his comedies, which pose problems of a non-political, but cultural order. Already the first (not come down to us) comedy…

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Byron "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"
The hero of Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a young aristocrat, full of pleasure and disappointed in life. Leaving the "father's house", his "ancient castle", Harold sits on the…

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BORIS GROYS "POLITICS OF POETICS"
Today, the philosopher, theorist of art and curator Boris Groys is one of the most respected critics in the world art community. His recent book, The Politics of Poetics, is…

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Corneille "Sid" - analysis with quotes
In the best works of the founder of the classic tragedy Pierre Corneille (1606 - 1684), speaking in the early period of classicism, at the time of absolute monarchy flourishing,…

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