Kharkiv: Vydannia viddilu mystetstv UPO USRR, 1927. 20 pp.: ill. 26x17,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine rubbed and slightly chipped, small spots occasionally, otherwise very good.
One of 2500 copies. Very rare.
Early Soviet Ukrainian weekly that included chronicles of local theater productions, film screenings schedule, articles about fine arts, music and proletarian culture in general. The periodical was published in 1925-1928.
Cover design was produced by Vasyl Yermylov (1894-1968), Soviet Ukrainian avant-garde artist and a founder of Ukrainian constructivism. Yermylov is the author of many projects: movable kiosks, propaganda vans, advertising tribunes and other street decorations for socialist celebrations as an art leader of the Ukrainian ROSTA agency. He also worked in industrial art: he developed and created designs of packages, match boxes, trademarks, etc. Once Yermylov became a type designer and even was a constructor of a performance of Kaiser’s ‘Gas’ in a Proletkult theater.
Finally, Yermylov contributed to the design of Ukrainian printed matters. In collaboration with other cubo-futurists, Yermylov took part in the creation of an album ‘Sem’ plius Tri’ (1918). Among his works are ‘Ladomir’ by V. Khlebnikov (1920), magazines ‘Kolos’ia’ (#17 for 1918), ‘Nove Mistetstvo’ (1927), ‘Avangard’ (1928-1930) ‘Kul’tura i propaganda’ (1933). Some of his works were published in magazine ‘Nova generatsiia’ (separate issues of 1927-1930). Yermylov created photomontages and applied cinema experiments to book design.
In 1928, Yermilov was entrusted to decorate the Ukrainian section of the Soviet pavilion at the International Exhibition ‘Press’ in Cologne with El Lissitzky and A. Rodchenko, for which he prepared a constructivist installation (a transparent twisting column), large-format factory wall newspapers and a series of twenty large-format albums about Ukraine. Together with A. Petritsky, Yermilov decorated a pavilion of the Ukrainian SSR at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VDNKH in Moscow) in 1937-1938.
Apart from the front cover design, this issue shows Yermylov’s constructivist composition of the name of Lenin.
Other photographs feature founders of experimental Young Theater: director Les Kurbas, actor Hnat Yura, designers Anatol Petrytsky and Vadim Meller (both later joined the group ‘Nova Generatsiia’. The issue features photographs of avant-garde productions by two mentioned designers at the Young Theater, Shevchenko Theater and Berezil. Along with them, Petrytsky’s model and stage design for a 1925 performance ‘The Fair at Sorochyntsi’ were shown. The issue comprises graphic works by two Boychukists, Ivan Padalka and Sofia Nalepinska-Boychuk, both were executed in 1937.
In a whole, this particular issue gathered representatives of the Ukrainian Renaissance, crowned with success or executed by Soviet authorities.
No paper copies found in Worldcat.