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Antoine Pevsner

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This stunning exhibition of almost a half century of drawings (1912–56) by Antoine Pevsner was accompanied by one of the few surviving copies of the “Realistic Manifesto,” which Pevsner wrote with his brother Naum Gabo on the occasion of their open-air Tverskoy Boulevard exhibition in Moscow in 1920. Among other things, the manifesto proclaimed the necessity of a “new Great Style” to go along with the “new civilization” that modernity and the Russian Revolution had made possible. Repudiating Cubism and Futurism as well as Naturalism and Symbolism, the brothers proposed a kind of abstract constructivism as the only viable art of the future: Description, stasis, and mass were to be renounced, and space was to be “one continuous depth,” fraught with the “constant rhythm of the forces . . . in objects.” Pevsner and Gabo thought of sculpture as the perfect vehicle for their new art, regarding

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