Obzor iskusstv: kritika i bibliografiia [Overview of the arts: critical reviews and bibliography], nos. 4, 6, 8, 9, 19, 11 (1935).

Moscow: OGIZ, 1935. Octavos (24.5 × 17 cm). Original decorative staple-stitched self-wrappers; XX pp. Illustrations throughout. Very good.

This illustrated review of Soviet visual culture offers a glimpse into the editorial criteria for Soviet poster art and Socialist Realist painting during the first five-year plan (1928–1932). The issue assesses all manner of informational and agitational posters dealing with agriculture, transport, forestry, and education, and contains seven sections: Instructional Posters of IZOGIZ, Posters of the Ural Region of OGIZ, Posters of the Northern publishing house, Paintings, Transportation in Posters and Paintings, Agricultural Posters and Tables, Posters about Schools. The relevant posters and other visual media are pictured along with critical texts and analysis. The periodical appeared under different titles in 1932–1936, including “Fine art production,” “Overview of the Arts,” and “Poster Art and Reproductions.”

The periodical was published by the Critical Bibliographic Institute established by Narkompros in 1930. The objective of the Institute was to provide critical reviews and bibliographies of all print matter published in the Soviet Union, with the goal of improving the general quality of the publications. At its inception, in addition to visual culture, the institute published ten other industry bulletins “Social and political literature,” “Technical literature,” “Children’s literature,” etc. Due to the broad scope of the publications the quality of the reviews began to suffer and by 1936 the publications were transferred to respective specialized institutes staffed with appropriate experts. Publishers catalog to rear wrapper. One of 4500 copies printed. A striking, clearly under-studied research on early Soviet visual culture.

As of September 2021, KVK, OCLC only show a single holding in North America, at Berkeley.

Book ID: 50117

Price: $750.00