MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH, editor.
RODCHENKO, ALEKSANDR, illustrator. Novyi LEF. [New LEF.] Moscow: Gosizdat, 1927-1928.
18 of 22 issues. 8vo. Illustrated with photogravures after A. Rodchenko and others. Original two-color Constructivist wrappers designed by A. Rodchenko. Covers soiled and worn; some issues split or repaired.
NEAR COMPLETE RUN OF THIS RARE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE PERIODICAL. Other contributors include B. PASTERNAK, N.N. ASEEV, O. BRIK, V. STEPANOVA, S.O. KIRSANOV and V.B. SHKLOVSKII. LEF, and its successor Novyi LEF, was the journal of the Levy Front Iskusstv (The Left Front of the Arts), a loose association of Leftist writers, artists, photographers, critics and theorists led by Mayakovsky and Rodchenko; most were Constructivists. The aim of the magazine was to "re-examine the ideology and practices of so-called leftist art, and to abandon individualism to increase art's value for developing communism." But its impact was perhaps most profoundly felt in the modern art world. The dominant contributor after Mayakovsky was Rodchenko, who published many of his best-known photographs in the magazine but also provided the highly influential cover designs. Novyi LEF ended in 1929 because of an ideological dispute between Mayakovsky and another editor, Sergei Tretyakov.