1) Traditsii noveishego russkogo iskusstva [i.e. Traditions of The Modern Russian Art]. Leningrad: Izd. Gos. Russkogo muzeia, 1927. 14 pp. 18x14 cm. 2) Predmet i kul’tura [i.e. Object and Culture]. Leningrad: Izd. Gos. Russkogo muzeia, 1928. 16 pp. 18x14 cm. In original illustrated oversized wrappers. The first issue slightly soiled, with minor tear of the spine, overwise very good. The second issue is near fine.
Only two issues were printed. Rare.
The first cover design features V. Tatlin’s work ‘Fishermen’ and the second one shows ‘Forest’ by L. Bruni.
Two fragile pamphlets praising Russian avant-garde: cubism, futurism, and cubo-futurism. “If an object is beyond attention of artist, don’t argue but try to put up with it”, - wrote Nikolai Punin (1888-1935), one of the most intelligent art critics of that time. His critical works were mostly devoted to avant-garde art. His lectures were extremely popular among open-minded members of the Academia of Art and his numerous students. He was close enough with Mayakovsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Lebedev and others.
According to his texts, Punin saw the influence of cubo-futurism in almost every modern movement and that’s why he was able to regard it as a certain period of art in the early 20th century.
Although Punin planned to publish a series of such sketches, only two of them were released.
Copies of both editions can be located in Northwestern University, Getty Institute and National Gallery of Art. Copies of the 1st issue locate in LoC, Stanford, Illinois, Wayne Universities. Copies of the 2nd issue locate in Oregon and Washington Universities.