Moscow: Profizdat, 1931. Octavo (25 × 17.3 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial self-wrappers; 24 pp. Illustrations throughout. Wrappers toned; light fraying to spine; good or better.
Single issue of this journal of the Art Workers’ Trade Union (RABotniki ISkusstva), which united workers of the theater, cinema, the circus, music, photography, and the visual arts. The stated goal of the publication was to help “restructure artistic production” by fighting for “a new administration for the arts,” “a platform for discussing practical issues in art production,” as well as to serve as an organ of “self-critique”. The journal appeared from 1920 to 1934, and published official government proclamations alongside reviews and “self-critical” op-eds. Typical of the early period of the first plan, self-criticism of this sort was gravely discouraged later and considered “anti-revolutionary.” The wrappers of this issue are illustrated with a photograph of the play "Neft'" ("Oil"), staged by the Baku TRAM. WIth articles on revolutionary arts in the West, a translation of an Esperanto article on a revolutionary musical orchestra, and Soviet sculpture, among others. Also interesting is the attention played to Soviet ethnic minorities, in this case the development of Mongolian theatre. Advertisements to rear wrappers.
Book ID: 51509