Moscow: Khud. izd. akts. o-vo AKhR, 1930. 148 pp. 19x13 cm. Publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Very good. Restoration of the wrappers (original spine is lost), Soviet bookshop’s stamp on the recto of the rear cover, a few underlining in text (pencil).
First edition. One of 5000 copies. Scarce.
Viktor Lobanov (1885-1970), art critic and writer. Often he wrote articles in the periodicals about artists, exhibitions, articles for catalogs of art exhibitions; wrote more than a dozen books about
Russian artists. But he entered the history of Russian avant-garde as the author of this important well-known book. This was the first work of such kind combining information on all art groups of the most intense period of life and art of the country. This edition came out right one time because in 1932 an infamous decree about elimination of all art formations and styles but one was established.
Worldcat locates paper copies at the Frick Art Library, Yale University, Brown University, University of Chicago, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Pittsburgh.