Works of Sergey Chekhonin
The Russian Avant-Garde movement covered art, literature, cinema, sculpture, architecture and political propaganda. It stretched from the final decades of the Czarist regime to the 1930s. Work from this period is easily recognizable thanks to bright colors, geometric shapes and bold lettering.
Symbols of the Russian Revolution and Communism are visible but not universal. There was a time when artists were happy work alongside the state, but that was not always the case. Experimental art from this era can be seen on books, journals, magazines, posters and cinema and theater-related material, although items from the 1920s and earlier can be hard to find. Our selection encompasses poetry, fiction and the work of several illustrators and graphic artists, as well as exhibition catalogs and Western retrospectives of this period and the key artists.
Even with the isolationism practiced by the Soviet regime, the influence of Russian Avant-Garde art spread far beyond the Iron Curtain but actually owning examples was rather difficult. The collapse of the Communist regimes meant more rare items became available to collectors in in the West.
These books stretch far beyond Moscow. For instance, Abedeca (which translates as alphabet) is an example of Czech modernism with Karel Teige’s design and photomontages of dancer Milca Mayerová modeling the letters of the alphabet.
Constructivism is one of the sub-groups of Russian Avant-Garde and features prominently in these books along with futurism and suprematism. We recommend browsing the inventories of four booksellers who have strong selections of Russian avant-garde art and literature - Marijana Dworski, Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books, Books You Want and Shapero Rare Books.