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2007 RussianModernismBetweenEastAndWest

The winner of the 2007 Robert Motherwell Book Award is Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal’ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde (Cambridge University Press) by Jane Ashton Sharp.

In this original and challenging book, Professor Sharp clarifies with great skill and authority the hectic activities of Moscow artists before the 1917 Revolution.  She keys the various, often short-lived experiments that drew upon the dual traditions of Asia and Europe to the prolific works of the major figure, Natal’ia Goncharova, who, together with her companion Mikhail Larionov, was at the heart of the history of the Russian avant-garde.

Jane Ashton Sharp is associate professor of Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she is also responsible for research on the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union in the Zimmerli Art Museum.  She is the author of numerous articles on Soviet and Russian art and was co-curator of “The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915-1932.”  

The members of the jury were Dore Ashton, John Elderfield, David Rosand, and Richard Shiff.

The Dedalus Foundation was established by the will of Robert Motherwell and is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of modern art and the traditions of modernism.