Magdalena Dabrowski, Leah Dickerman, Peter Galassi: ALEKSANDR RODCHENKO: PAINTING, DRAWING, COLLAGE, DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY. NYC: Museum of Modern Art, 1998. First edition. Quarto. A near-fine hardcover book in a near-fine dust jacket: mild wear overall. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print.
PAINTING, DRAWING, COLLAGE, DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY
Magdalena Dabrowski, Leah Dickerman, Peter Galassi
9.75 x11.75 hardcover book with 336 pages with 431 illustrations (221 color, 114 duotone). This book is published to accompany the first major American retrospective of Rodchenko's work, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the summer of 1998. The essays in Aleksandr Rodchenko explore both phases of his career, drawing out the formal ideas that he developed as well as the social and artistic context in which he moved. The book's plate section, reproducing over 300 works carefully selected from collections in Russia and throughout the West, for the first time presents a full and coherent overview of his diverse achievement. An illustrated chronology outlines the story of the artist's life.
From the book: "In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917, a group of artists who came to call themselves Constructivists sets out to create a new art in the spirit of the new society to come. Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956), the most important and versatile member of the group, made outstanding and original works in virtually every field of the visual arts. In the first part of his career, Rodchenko produced innovative abstract painting, sculpture, prints and drawings. In 1921, however, he made a bold break, committing himself to applied art in the service of revolutionary ideals, and moving on to lasting achievements in photocollage, photography, and design of all kinds: books, posters, magazines, advertising, furniture."
- Aleksandr Rodchenko: Innovation and Experiment by Magdalena Dabrowski
- On Priorities and Patents by Aleksandr Laventev
- The Propagandizing of Things by Leah Dickerman
- Rodchenko and Photography's Revolution by Peter Galassi
- Days in the Life by Varvara Rodchenko
- Plates 1915-1939
- Catalogue of the Exhibition
- Lenders to the Exhibition
- Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art
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