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Soviet Art Exhibition Catalog

OST (Obshchesto Stankovistov). Katalog pervoj vystavki [Society of Easel Painters. Catalog of the first exhibition].

Moscow: OST, 1925. Octavo (17 × 13 cm). Original printed wrappers; 8 pp. Very good save for light toning around staples and two small pan marks to front wrapper.

A catalog of the first of four exhibits of The Society of Easel Painters (OST) “one of the most original but least explored phenomena of twentieth century Russian art”. A characteristic feature of OST artists is the depiction of Soviet reality using the techniques of modern European expressionism. Art historian John Bowlt writes: “Unlike the German expressionists, they distorted form not to parody negative features, but to emphasize the impulse and potential of the new Soviet technology” (Russian and Soviet Painting, p. 13). OST was founded by a group of VKhUTEMAS students and professors headed by David Shternberg. The exhibit showcased the works of OST founding members A. Deineka, I. Kliun, Iu. Pimenov, D. Shternberg, A. Goncharov, K. Vialov, N. Shifrin, I. Kudriashov, P. Vilyamus. Twenty artists and 200 works were exhibited in all. Founded in 1925, the group officially existed until 1932, however it held no exhibits after 1928. See Azarkovich, Vystavki khudozhnikov SSSR, vol. 1, p. 153. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC show copies at Frick, Getty, UNC and the British Library.

Book ID: 50814

Price: $500.00