| This list includes only those catalogues
and anthologies which are still available for sale from M.K.
Mikhail Karasik. Lithographed Publications. I. D. Sytin
Publishers Exhibition Centre Union-Gallery, Moscow. St Petersburg,
1992. 16 pp., illustrations. In Russian, with an English summary
The Bibliophiles Book in Russia, 20th Century.
St Petersburg, 1994. In Russian with a German summary.
Part 1: The Bibliophiles Book in Russia During the First
Third of the 20th Century. Catalogue to the exhibition based
on material from the collection of the Anna Akhmatova Museum
in the Fountain House, St Petersburg. 79 pp., 26 colour, 27
Part 2: Mikhail Karasik. Lithographed Books. 32 pp., 13 colour,
3 b/w illustrations.
Kharmsizdat Presents. Anthology: Investigations, Essay,
Exhibition Catalogue Daniil Kharms and the Modern Russian
Artists Book, Bibliography.
St Petersburg: M.K.-Kharmsizdat, 1995, 130 pp., 61 b/w illustrations.
BOOKCAMERA or The Book and The Elements. Anthology. Exhibition
Catalogue. St Petersburg: M.K. Publishers, 1997, 160 pp., 76
b/w illustrations. In Russian with an English summary.
The first part includes articles on outstanding experimental
publishers, the influence of the elements on the fate and aesthetics
of the book and on the book itself, as an elemental part of
creativity, on books in the system of contemporary aesthetic
values, books as a plastic form of art.
The second part is the catalogue of the exhibition BOOKCAMERA
The Book and The Elements held in the Anna Akhmatova-Museum
in the Fountain House, St Petersburg, 1997
Kharmsizdat Presents SOVIET EROS. 1920s-1930s. Anthology.
St Petersburg: M.K.-Kharmsizdat, 1997, 144 pp., 44 b/w illustrations.
In Russian with an English summary
Under Soviet rule eroticism was a taboo subject. The semi-naked
body of Homo sovieticus could be seen only at military parades,
festivals of physical exercise, during heroic feats at the
work front, and at sanatoria and resorts. Under Stalin sensuality
of any kind had to have a class or ideological character;
its only use was as an instrument of education, and unifying
factor, for both workers and the main unit of socialist society
the family. This collection includes material on sensual
culture (Soviet eros) in the theatre, in garden and park art,
and in book illustrations, film, and literature.
Kharmsizdat Presents AVANT-GARDE BEHAVIOUR. Anthology. St
Petersburg: M.K.-Kharmsizdat, 1998, 192 pp., 38 b/w illustrations.
A collection compiled on the basis of material used at Kharms-Festival
4 (academic conference, St Petersburg, 1998). Includes a reprint
edition of A. Kruchenikhs book of poetry LAKIROVANNOE TRIKO
(Varnished Tricot, Tiflis, 1919), articles on the avant-garde
behaviour of the Russian Futurists, and material on Daniil Kharms.
This book represents the first attempt to study avant-garde
behaviour as an independent form of art.
The Artist and The Book in Russia 1910 1930
Book 1990 2000. ART Frankfurt, 2000. 70 pp. b/w illustrations.
In German and Russian. Catalogue in catalogue: 9. Jahresschrift
für Künstlerbücher und Handpressendrucke (IAKH). Leipzig: Edition
Michail Karasik. ein buch für sich selbst. Galerie
Christoph Dürr, München. München - St. Petersburg, 2000. 32
pp., b/w illustrations. In German. Appendix: colour lithograph
by M. Karasik
Mikhail Karasik. New Works. Pushkin State Museum of Fine
Arts, Moscow. Moscow -
St Petersburg, 2001. 8 pp., colour illustrations. In English
BOOKCAMERA or The Book and The Elements. Contemporary Russian
Artists Books. The Second North-German Hand Press Fair, Hamburg,
2001. St Petersburg: M.K. Publishers, 2001. In German
DEMOB ALBUM Russian Art Brut. Anthology, Exhibition catalogue.
Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House, St Petersburg,
2001. St Petersburg: M.K. Publishers, 2001. 84 pp., b/w illustrations.
In Russian with an English summary. Demob culture is one
of the most consistent manifestations of army life, born as
part of certain rituals and yet forming an independent genre
which is something akin to folk art in its variety and mass
nature. The Demob Album long ago outgrew the bounds of standard
subcultures, and it not only expresses the tastes of a large
part of the male contingent of society, but is the main form
of creativity accessible in the army. Today, when the armed
forces are forced to conduct military movements in the hotspots
of the former Union, when it has ceased to be a peacetime army,
the role of the Demob Alvum has changed. The desire of publishing
houses and the high-ups of the army to unify the very form of
the album, to make it a printed, typographically prepared product,
regimented in theme and design, unavoidably turns it into an
ordinary form of document recording army service.
OTTISK Imprint. Annual Almanac of Printed Graphic Art.
St Petersburg: M.K. Publishers, 2001. 56 pp., b/w illustrations
+ 11 pages of original graphics. In an edition of 150 numbered
and signed copies. In Russian and English.
Price: € 150