[IZORAM] Izo rabochei molodezhi Leningrada: (Katalog) [i.e. The Art of Leningrad's Working Youth. Catalogue]
Moscow: Tretiakov Gallery, 1929. Item #837
68,  pp.: ill. 16х14 cm. In original wrappers. Few tears of the spine, otherwise a very good copy.
First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. Very rare. Illustrated with 11 photogravures. Two-color avant-garde wrappers attributed to Ilya Chasnik.
This catalogue was published on the occasion of an art exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery in 1929 that displayed works by young artists of Izoram coalition. Exactly in 1928 Izoram (Art Workshops of Proletariat Youth) was created, a coalition included nearly 80 amateur art groups. The ideologist and the official head of the movement, which envisioned the search for a new realism and the creation of the ‘‘art of the workers’’ - Moisei Brodsky. “Izoram was closely associated with the left avant-garde. Suprematists and students of Kazimir Malevich, E. Krimmer, K. Rozhdestvensky, I. Chashnik, L. Yudin took part in the group’s activities. Belonging to the Left circle, this group was focused not so much on Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism, <...>, as on the painting of purists” (Savitsky).
Introductory essays include “Izoram and Amateur Art” by A.A. Fedorov-Davydov, “A Bit of History” by S.K. Isakov, “Our Experience and Achievements” by Moisei Brodsky. These articles serve as a great source of information about that unique formation. Articles are followed by the catalogue itself which includes 186 titles. A list of illustrations is given at the end.
Overall, a very interesting and insightful edition of not only a catalogue of the art exhibition but also information about one of the art groups of the most dynamic period of Russian avant-garde.
Worldcat locates a copy at Getty Research Institute.