Udarnoe iskusstvo okon satiry [i.e. Striking Art of Satirical
Windows]. Moscow: Khudozhestvennoe izdatel’skoe aktsionernoe
obshchestvo AKhR, 1930. 104 pp.: ill. 18x13 cm. In original constructivist
wrappers. Slightly bumped and chipped, signature on half-title,
otherwise very good and clean copy.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Cover design
by unknown artist features photomontage compositions of ROSTA
‘Windows’ with geometrical figures and lettering.
A book caught a turning point when ROSTA Windows (1918-
1922) were re-evaluated by the public. After seven years of silence
and almost oblivion, critics started to discuss these agitational posters
again, the articles on them appeared in the press and exhibitions were
held in state galleries. An author, constructivist artist Boris Zemenkov
deeply appreciated their informational content, methods of widespread
propaganda and a different approach to each work. The author
considered them not posters but rather newspapers. He wrote: “Some
of them so relevant that I don’t understand why they are at museums
instead of being on streets”.
Zemenkov divided the work into chapters ‘Participation in the
Civil War’, ‘At Struggle for Production’, ‘At Struggle for Province’, ‘To a New
Way of Life’, overviewing how these common topics were embodied by
artists. The book includes reproductions of posters of M. Cheremnykh, V.
Mayakovsky, V. Lebedev, I. Malyutin, A. Niurenberg and others.