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Building The Collective : Soviet Graphic Design 1917-1937 Selections from the Merrill C. Berman Collection

Dickerman, Leah, editor

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ISBN 10: 1568980744 / ISBN 13: 9781568980744
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, NJ, 1996
Condition: NF Soft cover
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Near fine. Small remainder mark to bottom edge. ; Uncommon exhibition catalog, exhibited at Columbia University's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. Includes works by Gustav Klutsis, Aleksandr Rodchenko, El Lissitzky and the Stenberg brothers, and more. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 11101

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Title: Building The Collective : Soviet Graphic ...

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, NJ

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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Covering the first decades of the Soviet Union, from the Civil War to the end of Stalin's Second Five-Year Plan in the 1930s, the graphic works in Building the Collective provide a remarkable overview of design during one of this century's most politically turbulent and artistically active periods. These designs, from the collection of Merrill C. Berman, challenge assumptions of a monolithic Soviet poster style, conveying the impressive range of graphic design as it responded to a rapidly evolving political situation. Providing historical context and focusing on images of labor, industrialization, and technology, Building the Collective demonstrates how the ideological imperative of imagining a new collective society existed in a fertile and sometimes contradictory relationship with the artists' efforts to redefine their role in post-revolutionary Russia.
Building the Collective showcases over 100 posters and other graphic works, representing the talents of a wide variety of artists, from the acclaimed to the anonymous. Color reproductions of works by Gustav Klutsis, Aleksandr Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, and the Stenberg brothers - as well as those of lesser-know but important designers such as Aleksandr Deineka, Viktor Deni, and Elena Semenova - are shown alongside posters created by "brigades" of designers who worked collectively and anonymously in the spirit of the times.

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