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Soviet Exhibition Catalog

Katalog vystavki rabot khudozhnikov Ukrainy, Azerbaidzhana, Armenii [Catalog of an exhibition of works by artists from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Armenia].

Moscow: "Vsekokhudozhnik" (Tip. gazety "Pravda"), 1932. Small octavo (16.7 × 13 cm). Original printed wrappers on gray card stock; [17] leaves of text and 23 black-and-white plates on coated stock. About very good.

An illustrated catalog for an exhibit organized by the powerful “VseKoKhudozhnik” artistic coop, showcasing the work of artists from the Soviet republics of Ukraine, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The exhibit opened in December 1931 at the premises of “VseKoKhudozhnik” (modern day House of the Artist) in Moscow, and displayed 214 works of 46 artists, divided into the graphic arts and painting sections. The rapid industrialization of the First Five-Year Plan (1928–1932) is the subject of most works in the catalog, which depict new factories in Ukraine and cotton production in Azerbaijan. The All-Soviet Cooperative Association of Artists was founded in 1928 as a “commercial credit partnership” to support Soviet artists by distributing government commissions, provide advances and loans, supply artists with materials such as easels, paints etc. Restructured in 1932, VseKoKhudozhnik broadened its scope of activity to organizing exhibits and competitions for monuments, sending artists on work trips to factories and construction sites. The coop also maintained a variety of “applied” workshops such as one for dying fabrics and embroidering banners. The money earned from the sale of these products went on to support “non-commercial” projects such as the work of the easel painters shown in this catalog. The art historian Iuvenal Slavinskii (1887–1937) led the organization in its formative years and edited this catalog. Slavinski was arrested in 1936 and executed shortly thereafter, only to be rehabilitated in 1956. VseKoKhudozhnik continued to operate until 1953. One of 500 copies.

As of October 2020, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50972

Price: $1,200.00