Prague: Václav Petr (Tiskem Středočeské tiskárny), 1922–1929. Quarto (28.5 × 19.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 33-64 pp. Very good.
Special issue devoted to the Russian avant-garde, of this important Czech journal of the interwar literary and artistic avant-garde. Issued by Literární skupina, an association of Czech writers that closely identified with Expressionism. Like the avant-garde group Devětsil – based around such figures as Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, and Adolf Hoffmeister – the movement sought to unite the young creative minds of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic. The two groups collaborated, but often disagreed, and their exchanges can be traced throughout this key publication of Czech modernist culture. The issues of year IV are particularly avant-gardistic, in both design and content, as Seifert and Teige were in charge that year, immediately shifting the journal's outlook to the international avant-garde.
This issue with reproductions showing work by Naum Gabo, Larionov, Archipenko, Malevich, A. Vesnin, Natan Altman, Tairov, Osip Zadkin, Stepanova; translations of poetry by Erenburg, Khlebnikov, Vasilii Kamenskii, Mayakovsky, Esenin, Nikolai Kliuev, V. Kazin; an extensive essay on new Russian art by Karel Teige; other theoretical texts by Erenburg, M. Skachkov (including an essay on Russian modernist poetry written specifically for the journal and translated by Jiří Weil). Also included are reviews of recent publications in Russia, as well as numerous advertisements for key Czech avant-garde publications. Rare in the original wrappers, not rebound and in such good condition.
Book ID: 51415