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Georgian Avant-Garde

Khelovneba: sruliad sakartvelos khelovnebis mushakta prop. kavshiris qovelkvireuli organo [Art: a weekly publication of the trade union of Georgian artists]. No. 22 (1925).

Tbilisi: 1925. Quarto (30.5 × 22.5 cm). Original illustrated wrappers with a cubist-inspired portrait by Iraklii Gamrekeli; 23, [1] pp. Numerous photographs. Disbound from volume, with small nicks to spine and some resizing; else about very good.

Issue 22 of the second iteration of the most influential and well-respected Georgian arts journal, originally titled "Khelovnebis Drosha" ("The banner of art," 1924, nos. 1–7). With the striking portrait of theater director Kote Marjanishvili by Iraklii Gamrekeli. Irakli Gamrekeli designed the wrappers for both “H2SO4“ and “Memarts’hkeneoba”, establishing his standing as perhaps the most significant book designer of his generation

The poet Sandro Euli (1890–1965) was the founding editor of the publication. The title aimed to emphasize the breadth of the journal’s scope, including articles on the latest developments in the visual arts, literature, theater, opera, and film. Prominent Georgian public figures, critics, writers, directors, actors and composers contributed to the issues, such as Ivane Gomarteli, Titsian Tabidze, Rajden Kaladze, Akaki Vasadze, Sergo Amaghlobeli and Shalva Radiani among others. Starting in 1925 the title of the publication was changed, however the focus remained the same and the journal continued publication for nearly two more years (1925-1926, nos. 1–26) before it ceased publication due to lack of funds. It is unclear who created the drawn wrapper design. This issue with numerous portraits of Georgian actors, photographs of avant-garde stage design and costume designs, as well as original poetry and prose. No. 22 in Chepyzhov (New Georgian Book Design, 1920s-1930s). A different issue is pictured in: Georgian Script & Typography: History, Modern Life (Tbilisi, 2016), p. 50.

As of September 2021, Not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50633

Price: $750.00