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First published in 1968 as Кризис Безобразия [Krizis bezobrazie] by Iskusstvo, Moscow.

The original Russian edition contained an article by Lifshitz’s wife, Lidia Y. Reyngart, written in 1948 on abstract painting, and was thus credited to both authors. Reyngart’s text has been omitted from the present translation, as has her author’s credit. This follows the convention of Lifshitz’s authorized translation of the book into German.

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ISSN 1570-1522

ISBN 978-90-04-36654-1 (hardback)

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