On The Very Edge
Modernism and Modernity in the Arts and Architecture of Interwar Serbia (1918–1941)
Edited by Jelena Bogdanovic, Lilien Filipovitch Robinson, and Igor Marjanovic
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Edited volume - paperback
On the Very Edge brings together fourteen empirical and comparative essays about the production, perception, and reception of modernity and modernism in the visual arts, architecture, and literature of interwar Serbia (1918–1941). The contributions highlight some idiosyncratic features of modernist processes in this complex period in Serbian arts and society, which emerged ‘on the very edge’ between territorial and cultural, new and old, modern and traditional identities.
With an open methodological framework this book reveals a vibrant and intertwined artistic scene, which, albeit prematurely, announced interests in pluralism and globalism. On the Very Edge addresses issues of artistic identities and cultural geographies and aims to enrich contextualized studies of modernism and its variants in the Balkans and Europe, while simultaneously re-mapping and adjusting the prevailing historical canon.
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Jelena Bogdanović (Iowa State University), Lilien Filipovitch Robinson (George Washington University), Igor Marjanović (Washington University in St. Louis), Miloš R. Perović (University of Belgrade), Jasna Jovanov (The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection and University EDUCONS, Novi Sad), Svetlana Tomić (Alfa University, Belgrade), Ljubomir Milanović (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Bojana Popović (Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade), Anna Novakov (Saint Mary’s College of California), Aleksandar Kadijević (University of Belgrade), Tadija Stefanović (University of Belgrade), Dragana Ćorović (University of Belgrade), Viktorija Kamilić (independent scholar), Marina Djurdjević (Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade), Nebojša Stanković (Princeton University), Dejan Zec (Institute for Recent History of Serbia)
Format: Edited volume - paperback
Size: 230 × 170 mm
Publication: September 01, 2014
Stock item number: 91668
Jelena Bogdanović is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History at Iowa State University.
Lilien Filipovitch Robinson is Professor of Art History at the George Washington University.
Book review by Dr. Zlata Vuksanovic Macura for the journal Nasledje [Heritage] published by the Institute for the protection of cultural heritage of the city of Belgrade.
Zlata Vuksanovic Macura, Nasledje 17 (2016) 217-220.
This edited collection, which presents the work of scholars based both in Serbia and in the United States, tackles two major tasks. The first is documenting modernizing forces and modernisms in Serbia between the two world wars. The second is exploring the significance of Serbian modernism(s) both to Serbia and to the broader history of modernist movements. [...] Scholars of modernization and modernism, as well as scholars interested in Yugoslav history, will find this collection valuable and thought-provoking.
Brigitte Le Normand, Slavic Review vol.74/no.4 (2015): 927-929
The authors and editors of the book manage to put together an imaginative and inspiring patchwork of accounts and analyses centred on the female presence in the artistic and intellectual life of interwar Serbian society. It had to be a scarce presence; therefore the editorial project proves to be as ingenious as it is effective: it achieves the suggestive and comprehensive evocation of those times by referring it to a particularly emphatic phenomenon.
A special flavour of the reading of this book comes from its “vernacular English”. Surely, the language is mastered flawlessly and carries all the nuances and expressivity required when dealing with such complex matters. Nevertheless, there is a slight air of foreignness about it, which suits quite well the purpose and core of the very enterprise: an endeavour to establish the situation of Serbian Modernism in arts and architecture within the wider scenery of European and universal modernity.
Kázmér Kovács, Associate Professor, PhD, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Studies in History & Theory of Architecture, sITA 2014