Moscow: V. k. t-vo "Khudozhnik", 1931. Small octavo (17 × 13 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 31 pp. of text and 23 leaves of illustrations. Very good.
A catalog of the third traveling exhibit organized by the art section (Glaviskusstvo) of the People's Commissariat for Education (Narkompros). Its goal was to acquaint a series of provincial towns with recent transformations in Soviet art. Whereas the first exhibition (1929) had largely restricted itself to the Moscow Region (towns such as Riazan', Iaroslav', and Tver'), the second exhibition traveled as far as Kazan', Ufa, Sverdlovsk and other towns of the Ural region, and the third exhibition was even more broadly exhibited in order to promote the first five-year plan (1928-1932). Nearly 200 items, including easel painting, poster art, graphic and textile works were exhibited in regional centers and provinces sich as Omsk, Groznyi, Smolensk, Tashkent, Kuzbass, Alma-Ata, Semipalatinsk, Magnitogorsk, Samarkand. Major Soviet artists such as Aleksandr Deineka, Aristarkh Lentulov, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin as well as poster artists such as Gustav Klutsis took part in the exhibit. Most of the works on exhibit depicted the rapid industrialization of the five-year plan, with some of the artists sent to construction sites prior to the exhibition to capture the process.
As of October 2020 KVK, OCLC show copies at the Tate, Frick Collection, UNC, and the Getty.
Book ID: 50969