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Alexander Rodchenko: Experiments for the Future
Alexander Rodchenko
November 2004
Book Description
This book contains all of the diaries, programs, essays, and major articles written by Alexander Rodchenko between 1911 and 1956. The word "experiment" was a key word for the artist, who conceived of his multimedia oeuvre as one huge experiment. Referred to by his friends and contemporaries as "a scout of the future," Rodchenko sought new paths in graphic design and painting, sculpture and architecture, poster design and cinema, photography and book design, and furniture and theatre design.The first chapter in this volume covers the early life of Rodchenko and relates to the time of his studies in the Kazan art school. His diaries from 1911-15 relate the vivid atmosphere of the school, explain the artist's early tastes for theatrical, oriental and medieval motifs, and recall the moments when he first met Varvara...

Homage to William Shakespeare and Richard Wagner
Karl Momen
June 2000
Book Description
Swedish artist Karl Momen created 18 symbolic paintings, each representative of a major character from well recognized works of Shakespeare and Wagner. A story accompanies each work of art illustrating the drama of the painting. Full color.

About the Author
Swedish artist Karl Momen was born in 1934 near the Russian border in Meshed, Iran. He began to paint when he was seven years old. Painter Urie Popow offered Karl art lessons. Popow had been an influential avant garde painter in Russia before the Revolution. He introduced Karl to the work of Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), El Lissitzky, (1890-1941), as well as other Russian Constructivists and Suprematists. Karl did not know who these painters were at the time and could not understand why they...

Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism
Christina Kiaer
December 2005
Book Description
In Imagine No Possessions, Christina Kiaer investigates the Russian Constructivist conception of objects as being more than commodities. "Our things in our hands must be equals, comrades," wrote Aleksandr Rodchenko in 1925. Kiaer analyzes this Constructivist counterproposal to capitalism's commodity fetish by examining objects produced by Constructivist artists between 1923 and 1925: Vladimir Tatlin's prototype designs for pots and pans and other everyday objects, Liubov' Popova's and Varvara Stepanova's fashion designs and textiles, Rodchenko's packaging and advertisements for state-owned businesses (made in collaboration with revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky), and Rodchenko's famous design for the interior of a workers' club. These artists, heeding the call of Constructivist manifestos to abandon the...

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