Moscow: Khudozhnik, 1931. Item #270
31 pp., 23 ill. 17x13 cm. In original printed wrappers. Few tears of the spine, few pages with pale damp stain. Otherwise very good.
Scarce. One of 6000 copies.
A very distinctive evidence of an interesting time in Soviet Russia’s art history - industrial art exhibition during the first five-year plan of construction. The exhibition was supposed to travel across the Soviet Union and demonstrate achievements of socialist realism and lift workers’ spirits. Overall 161 art pieces were traveling to such small and distant towns like Omsk, Groznyi, Smolensk, Tashkent, Kuzbass, Alma-Ata, Semipalatinsk, Magnitogorsk, Samarkand, etc. Monumental paintings were not part of traveling group though. Mainly paintings had distinctive subjects like manufacturing, oil and coal production, collective and state farms, social types and portraits, agitprop, et al. Some artists were sent prior to the exhibition to depict construction of massive objects, and their works were shown during the exhibition in those towns (like Dneprostroi, Magnitostroi). Besides paintings by Grabar’, Grigoriev, Deineka, Zernova, Lentulov, Kuprin, Mavrina, Petrov-Vodkin, Favorsky, posters were exhibited by Deineka, Klutsis, Svarog etc.
Worldcat locates two copies in US libraries (Getty Research Institute, University of North Carolina).