Item #1755 [KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.
[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.
[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.
[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.
[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.
[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.

[KULBIN MANIFESTO] Kul’bin.

Item #1755

Saint Petersburg: Izd. Obshchestva Intimnogo teatra, 1912. 69 pp.: ill. 18x12 cm. In original printed wrappers. Some soiling of covers, otherwise mint. First and only edition. One of 800 copies. Scarce.

The first book dedicated to futurist artist and patron Nikolai Kul’bin (1868-1917). He is known as an initiator of the Triangle art and psychology group and an organizer of early 20th century art shows. Kul’bin considered his lifetime task to be the unification of contemporary artistic forces. Being a military doctor, he drew well, but in 1907 he devoted himself passionately to art. Since 1908, he became close with representatives of the avant-garde. That year he founded the Triangle art group and held an Exhibition of Modern Trends in Art (April-May 1908). His group exhibited as ‘Impressionists’ (although the paintings were very remotely connected with impressionism) and included A. Kruchenykh, B. Grigoryev, N. Evreinov, E. Guro, M. Matiushin, and many others. While exhibitions lasted, Kul’bin gave lectures in which he revealed his view of art. Along with his publications, such lectures were manifestos for avant-garde art. He was that consolidating power that influenced artists later gathered into “the Union of Youth”.

This book is a lifetime publication collecting his short biography by 1912, a list of his publications, a catalog of 1907-1912 artworks arranged chronologically, and black and white reproductions of 10 artworks mounted on separate leaves. The edition opens with writings that Kulbin’s contemporaries compiled on him: a remark “Artist-Spectator” by S. Sudeikin, an essay “Kul’bin” by N. Evreinov, as well as two S. Gorodetsky’s works: an extensive text “The One to Whom It Is Given to Disturb the Water” and a short poem “To Kul’bin”.

Copies are located in Harvard, Yale, Kansas Universities, Amherst College.

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