CUBIST INFLUENCE IN GEORGIA: CUBO-FUTURISM, KIRILL ZDANEVICH, DAVID KAKABADZE
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Kirill Zdanevich and David Kakabadze are two artists most clearly carrying the Cubism influence in Georgia. It was logical that the awareness of Cubism aestheticism reached this small country in the South Caucasus, since by the edge of 1910s – 1920s a consistent interest in Modernist/avant-garde movements was increasing here. Intense artistic activities were held by poets and artists: Georgians, and those who came to Tbilisi in exile from Russian capitals. Symbolism, Futurism, Dadaism, Zaum, Cubo-Futurism were practiced, and multicultural and multi-aesthetical dialogue was established. Cubo-Futurism signs prevail in Kirill Zdanevich’s artworks. David Kakabadze, on the other hand, transforms the Cubist method in his own way and brings it clearly under his constructivist logic, using some Neoplastisism signs. Both artists, however, are united by a certain internal logic: an actual denial of the three dimensional nature of space, i.e. denial of the reflection of the shape into planes that are spatially relief-like and, therefore, descend into depth, the maximum extension onto the surface, attaching the utmost priority to flatness, and the simplicity of perception.
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