Item #1907 [EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]
[EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]
[EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]
[EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]
[EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]

[EARLY SOVIET ART] Vystavka risunkov 13 [i.e. Exhibition of Drawings 13]

Moscow: Assotsiatsiia khudozhnikov grafikov pri Dome Pechati, 1929. Item #1907

16 pp.: ill. 18x13 cm. In original wrappers with letterpress design. Signature on half-title, light soiling occasionally.

First and only edition. One of 1000 copies produced.
The foreword is written by Boris Ternovets (1884-1941), a Soviet Ukrainian art historian who headed the State Museum of Modern Western Art in Moscow.
A catalog of a premier show of the art group “13”. The group name merely defined an initial number of participants. Primarily graphic artists were involved. They sought to capture life through quick sketches “that don’t tire out the paper”. This association lasted for a few years, from 1929 to 1931. The first show opened in Moscow on February 10, 1929. The second exhibition was planned for 1930 but it didn’t take place due to conflict within the group. Then new members came to the group. Works were displayed in 1931 and it was regarded as the third show.
The founding members were D. Daran, N. Kuz’min, V. Milashevsky. Apart from them, catalog lists O. Hildebrandt, L. Zevin, sisters Kashiny, T. Lebedeva, M. Nedbailo, S. Rastorguev, B. Rybchenkov, V. Yustitsky and Y. Yurkun. In the following years, the association was also joined by T. Mavrina, Ch. Stefansky, A. Sofronova, A. Drevin, N. Udaltsova, D. Burliuk, S. Izhevsky, Z. Lieberman, R. Semashkevich.
In total, 144 exhibits were displayed at the premier exhibition. Of them, 12 were reproduced in the catalog, being placed next to the creators and their works. Before and after the foreword, two additional works by V. Milashevsky were published.

The third show was severely criticized by the press. One wrote “they aren’t only eccentrics who blissfully fell into childhood, but a group as counter-revolutionary as any other holy fools,
from sectarians to kulaks, whose ideology they reveal”. The artists were accused of collaboration with the bourgeois world. Their reply wasn’t published; soon all groups outside socialist
realism were closed.

Worldcat shows paper copies located in Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, North Carolina Universities, Getty Institute, Frick Art Reference Library.

Price: $1,500.00

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