Leningrad: Izd. Gos. Russkogo muzeia, 1927. Item #1013
14 pp. 18x14 cm. In original illustrated oversized wrappers. Slightly soiled, with minor tear of the spine, overwise very good.
This is one of only two issues printed. Rare.
The cover design features V. Tatlin’s work ‘Fishermen’.
A fragile pamphlet 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 can be located in Northwestern University, Getty Institute, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Stanford, Illinois, Wayne Universities.