Kiev: Vydannia K. Kh. I., 1928. Quarto (30 × 23 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Illarion Pleshchynskyi; 75,  pp. Good or better; a large, unresized and unrestored copy with wear to spine and front wrapper starting to separate.
First and only issue of this almanach by the Kiev Art Institute, which was founded in 1924 as a progressive art school by fusing the Kiev Institute of Plastic Arts with the Kiev Architectural Institute. Among the instructors were leading figures of the Ukrainian avant-garde, such as Georgii Narbut, Vladimir Tatlin, Vasyl’ and Fedir Krychevs’kyi, Mykhailo Boichuk and Sofiia Nalepins’ka-Boichuk, and numerous others. The school has been compared to VKhUTEIN in Moscow and included departments for theatre, film, and photo, architecture, graphic arts, mosaics, textile design and other disciplines. The present volume contains articles by Ivan Vrona, F. Hofman, S. Nalepins’ka-Boichuk, V. Sichyns’kyi and others on the current state of the Institute, urgent questions in the visual arts, visual arts in the West, an international exhibition of art in Prague, and artistic life in the USSR. It also contains a complete list of the departments, their members, and graduates in the preceding year. Numerous photographs depict the students in their various ateliers and master classes, as well as samples of student work. Other reproductions, including several full-page illustrations, show work in a variety of genres, including posters, by P. Holovchenko, Kurochka-Armashevs’kyi, I. Stetsenko, O. Myzyn, O. Iunak, H. Pustoviit, M. Panasiuk, Moise Kisling, de Vlaminck, de Chirico, Masereel, Picasso, Ozenfant, and others.
The designer of the wrappers, Illarion Pleshchynskyi (1892–1961,) was a graphic artist and art teacher from near Vitebsk, who studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts under Nikolai Rerikh and Ivan Bilibin, and was later active at the Kazan Art Institute, where he was associated with the Vsadnik (Rider) group, before assuming a teaching position at the Kiev Art Institute.
One of 750 copies. As of September 2021, KVK and OCLC only show microfiche holdings.
Book ID: 51445