Khudozhniki RSFSR za 15 let: katalog iubileinoi vystavki, zhivopis', grafika, i skul'ptura [Artists of the Russian Federation of Socialist Republics in 15 years: catalog of the anniversary exhibition, showing painting, graphic arts, and sculpture].

Leningrad: State Russian Museum (Gos. Russkii Muzei), 1932. Small octavo (15 × 10.8 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 119, [1] pp. Stain from rusty staple; else very good. Item #6909

Catalog of a hugely important exhibition of Soviet art, a retrospective of the fifteen years since the October Revolution, which took up 100 rooms in the Russian Museum in Leningrad, with 2824 works by 357 artists representing a wide variety of artistic schools and approaches. It was a personal triumph of art historian and critic Nikolai Punin that he convinced the large organizing committee to exhibit the works of numerous avant-garde artists, such as Deineka, Al'tman, but most importantly Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov. Indeed, the exhibition would be the last lifetime display of Malevich's Suprematist works, nearly thirty of which are here listed, and which were given their own room. The catalog lists a total of 2562 works of painting and 184 works of sculpture. Among the best-known artists listed are N. Al'tman, L. Bruni, A. Deineka, I. Efimov, V. Lebedev, D. Mitrokhin, P. Miturich, K. Molchanov, A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva, K. Petrov-Vodkin, V. Tatlin, Favorskii, and Pavel Filonov. In his preface, Punin claims that the exhibition would form a counterweight to the decadent tendencies of Western art, as exemplified, among others, by Picasso; showing the overall creative triumph of Soviet art. Punin tragically failed to see that the Soviet authorities had taken sides with socialist realism, rather than the Soviet avant-garde; unsurprisingly he fell out of favor and was repeatedly arrested by the secret police. Other introductory articles are by Mikhail Arkad'ev and Igor' Grabar'. See Azarkovich, Vystavki khudozhnikov SSSR, vol. 1, p. 410. KVK, OCLC only show copies at the British Library, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, University of Cologne, UNC Chapel Hill, Stanford, Yale, and Frick Library.

Price: €750.00