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Issue of the avant-garde magazine Lef - journal of the left front of arts. Editor Vladimir Mayakovsky, Constructivist cover design by Alexander Rodchenko. Issue includes poems by V. Khlebnikov, N. Aseev, Brik, articles by film directors Sergey Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. 202 pages, bound in hard covers. Size 21.7x14.5cm, print run 3,000.LEF ("ЛЕФ") was the journal of the Left Front of the Arts ("Левый фронт искусств" – "Levy Front Iskusstv"), a widely ranging association of avant-garde writers, photographers, critics and designers in the Soviet Union. It had two runs, one from 1923 to 1925 as LEF, and later from 1927 to 1929 as Novy LEF ('New LEF'). The journal's objective, as set out in one of its first issues, was to "re-examine the ideology and practices of so-called leftist art, and to abandon individualism to increase art's value for developing communism." Source: WikipediaAleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko (5 December [O.S. 23 November] 1891 – December 3, 1956) was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design; he was married to the artist Varvara Stepanova.Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists to emerge after the Russian Revolution. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. His photography was socially engaged, formally innovative, and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Concerned with the need for analytical-documentary photo series, he often shot his subjects from odd angles—usually high above or down below—to shock the viewer and to postpone recognition. He wrote: "One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again." Source: WikipediaVladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (July 19 [O.S. July 7] 1893 – April 14, 1930) was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor.1913-1917 saw Mayakovsky's rise to fame as a leader of the Russian Futurist movement, with poems like A Cloud in Trousers (1915) and Backbone Flute (1916) hailing the advent of the new wave of avant-garde poetry. Highly prolific, over the course of twenty years he turned from one art form to another, writing, directing his own plays and starring in films, collaborating with Eisenstein, Shostakovich, Meyerhold and Rodchenko, creating agitprop posters, editing the art journal LEF, giving readings in clubs, theaters and, after the 1917 Revolution (which he enthusiastically embraced), in factories, workers' clubs and Komsomol meetings. By the end of the 1920s, though, Mayakovsky has found himself engaged in confrontation with the Soviet literary nomenclature; his scathingly satirical plays The Bedbug (1929) and The Bathhouse (1930) outraging the Soviet critics.In 1930 Mayakovsky committed suicide. Contradictory and controversial figure, he is considered a 20th-century Russian classic whose innovative works broke new grounds in Russian language, both in poetry and arts.Source: Wikipedia

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Lef Mayakovsky Rodchenko 1923 Issue 3

Auction ended on Sat, Mar 28, 2015
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