CHERNIKOV, YAKOV GEORGIEVICH. 1889-1951.
Konstruktsiya arkhitekturnykh i mashinnykhiform. [Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms.] Leningrad: Leningradskogo Obshestva Arkhitektorov, 1931.
4to. 232 pp. Illustrated throughout from black and white drawings. Original printed boards. Board edges worn, spine darkened.
FIRST EDITION. For his highly innovative and influential futuristic architectural drawings, Chernikov was dubbed the Soviet Piranesi. The comparison was apt as each artist reflected on his own oppressive society. Chernikov embraced Futurist, Suprematist and Constructivist principles in his designs. Despite his international reputation for his albums of modernist architecture, few of his buildings were ever realized as he was constantly under suspicion by the Soviet authorities.