Item #1844 [THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4
[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4

[THE MILESTONE OF GEORGIAN AVANT-GARDE] H2SO4

Item #1844

Tbilisi, 1924. 48 leaves with printed typographic designs and photographic illustrations. 28,6x20,5 cm.

The wrappers are restored at extremities, as well as the spine. The minor tears at the edges of the title page, also restored. The block has small holes close to the inner margin, possibly the magazine used to be in a binding. A corner of l.48 is missing - supplied, not affecting the text.
Overall a well-preserved copy of this legendary magazine.
First edition.
The only issue of the Georgian avant-garde group’s journal under this name.
Extremely important example of alternative avant-garde experiment. Tiflis was well-known as a place where daring new ideas in book design and art were developed in the 1910s-1920s. Collaborations between the Zdanevich brothers, Kruchionykh (1886-1968), Sudeikin (1882-1946), Gudiashvili (1896-1980) and others led to the creation of unique avant-garde pieces like “Fantasticheskiy kabachiok” (The Fantastic Tavern), “1918”, and Iliazd’s pentalogy, “AslaabliCHia pitiOrka dEistf”.
Georgian poets and artists participated in these and other projects. When the Soviet army captured Tiflis in 1921 most Russian art gurus moved elsewhere. In the relatively liberal atmosphere of 1924 Georgian artists created the innovative and provocative H2SO4, the avant-garde group led by Chikovani, artists Irakli Gamrekeli and Beno Gordeziani and others. Although the group was heavily influenced by dadaism (the Dada manifesto was printed in this magazine for the first time anywhere in the USSR), they declared that they were opposed to the dadaist, futurist and constructivist movements in Moscow.
The attitude was symbolized by the indecent sign shown to Malevich’s Black Square on p.7 of the magazine. H2SO4 magazine is considered a bold typographic experiment using unorthodox letterpress elements Irakli Gamrekeli and Beno Gordeziani were responsible for the design.
Worldcat shows copies at NYPL, Yale and British Library.

MoMa. Russian Avant-Garde Book. 534.
Chepyzhov. New Georgian Book Design. 4.

Price: $27,500.00

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