Art: Futurism's Farthest Frontier

In the U.S.S.R.'s vanguard works, a story of talent betrayed

In some ways the history of art history is like the scramble for Africa. A few pioneers stumble on unexploited territory and stake it out, often forgetting to register their claims. Then the dealers arrive, and the collectors, carving up the area, reducing it to mining ground, a tangle of jumped claims and abandoned shafts, patrolled by trigger-happy art historians. Trade follows the flag. The original inhabitants, of course, are long gone. A few survivors get a job in the mines. So it has...

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