AVANT-GARDE PERIODICAL. Iskusstvo Kommuny [Art of the Commune.]  Petrograd: IZO NKP [Visual Arts Section of the People's Commissariat for Enlightenment], December 7, 1918-April 13, 1919.<BR />
Lot 3012
AVANT-GARDE PERIODICAL. Iskusstvo Kommuny [Art of the Commune.] Petrograd: IZO NKP [Visual Arts Section of the People's Commissariat for Enlightenment], December 7, 1918-April 13, 1919.
US$ 9,000 - 12,000
£5,500 - 7,300

Lot Details
AVANT-GARDE PERIODICAL.
Iskusstvo Kommuny [Art of the Commune.] Petrograd: IZO NKP [Visual Arts Section of the People's Commissariat for Enlightenment], December 7, 1918-April 13, 1919.
19 issues. Broadsheet journal, 460 x 300 mm, each issue 4 pp. Lightly browned, some cross folds cracked or torn, edges slightly chipped.

A COMPLETE RUN OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST AVANT-GARDE JOURNALS ISSUED IN PETROGRAD. The publication was founded by Mayakovsky, Lissitzky and others, and featured contributions from nearly all of the leading avant-garde figures. Each issue comprises 4 pages of reviews, artistic news, poems, and essays. Some of Mayakovsky's "best poems of the period 1918-1919 were first published [in Iskusstvo Kommuny] as what might be termed 'poetic editorials'" (Rudy p 281). Rarely seen in its complete form. Rowell and Wye The Russian Avant-Garde Book p 164.
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