Moscow: IZOGIZ, 1932. Item #1908
 pp.: ill. 26x17,5 cm. In original wrappers with letterpress design. Some soiling of covers.
One of 3000 copies. Scarce.
This is the catalog for the first ever exhibition of Kukryniksy art. It was initiated by Maxim Gorky who also wrote an article for Pravda about this and introduction for the catalog. There was only one their show in the 1930s. The catalog includes caricatures from posters, books, magazines, newspapers, paintings and a photograph of a caricature doll of Vsevolod Meyerhold. The unique design of the catalog allowed to print an agitprop quote by Vladimir Maiakovsky through the whole catalog.
The exhibition, poster (in the shape of a triangle – symbol of the group) and this catalog were designed by Solomon Telingater (1903- 1969) who used constructivist graphic method proposed by El Lissitzky in his designs. Telingater wrote influential books on typography and designed some of the most memorable books of the Soviet period. He was the first Soviet citizen to receive the Gutenberg award for his achievements in designing books and typefaces. He designed books as if they were films, or a monumental poster—as sophisticated artistic construction. This kind of book was produced for its collective impact, not merely for the joy of the individual reader. All elements of the book, including the text itself, are connected as one visual art object which makes a very strong impression on its readers.
Kukryniksy was a creative group of three artists – Kupriyanov, Krylov and Sokolov – mostly known for their caricatures. It is an exemplary collection of Soviet caricatures and satire. It also contains a satirical group portrait drawn by A. Kanevsky. Kukryniksy said about Telingater that «his innovative methods were first of all sensible and
thanks to that increased an impact on the reader... When we worked with him we tried to preserve creative unity of our and his work». Their longtime collaboration was backed up by longtime friendship.
Worldcat shows copies located in Princeton and Ohio Universities, Getty Institute, Amherst College, NYPL and the MET.