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Russian Avant-Garde – Political Poster

Katalog Antiimperialisticheskoi vystavki, organizovannoi FOSKh [Catalog of the anti-imperialist exhibition organized by the Federation of Associations of Soviet Artists].

Moscow; Leningrad: OGIZ–IZOGIZ, 1931. Octavo (18 × 12.5 cm). Original illustrated wrappers; 78, [2] pp. With eleven full-page reproductions. Light soil and foxing to wrappers; still very good or better.

Showcasing anti-imperialist posters by Soviet and European artists, this catalog was published for the first exhibition organized by the short-lived Federation of Associations of Soviet Artists (FOSKh; 1930–1932). The exhibition opened in August 1931 in Moscow, displaying 476 works by 175 artists including masters of the Soviet political poster such as Gustav Klutsis, Daniil Moor, Aleksandr Deyneka as well as Western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz, George Grosz, and Heinrich Zille. The catalog includes eleven full-page reproductions of selected works, including by Klutsis and Moor.

According to Lenin, imperialism was the highest stage of capitalist exploitation. The Soviet state took a strong anti-imperialist stance as a result, supporting anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles across the African continent, Asia, and Latin America. Using bold modernist aesthetics, the works presented in this exhibit promoted the anti-imperialist position by visual means, highlighting the social role of the artists in the Soviet state. This was likely the only exhibit of FOSKh, which included other proletarian artist groupings such as OMKh (Society of Moscow Artists) and AKhRR (Association of the Artists of Revolutionary Russia), Izobrigada (Visual brigade), RAPKh (Russian Association of Proletarian Artists). The federation also published its own magazine Brigada Khudozhnikov (Brigade of Artists). The prominent Soviet anti-religious campaigner Emelian Iaroslavskii (1878–1943) supplied a preface for the catalog.

As of September 2021, KVK, OCLC show three copies in North America.

Book ID: 51329

Price: $1,200.00