CategoriesArt & Architecture FILM POSTERS OF THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE


FILM POSTERS OF THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE

SUSAN PACK    Book Number: 82993    Product format: Hardback

At the intersection of the visual, graphic and cinematic arts, film posters are a unique and thrilling record of a particular cultural Zeitgeist. This book brings together 250 posters from the pre-Stalin Soviet Union of the 1920s and 1930s to explore the energy and invention of this period, before Soviet Realism became the official art doctrine. Drawn from the private collection of connoisseur Susan Pack, the selection includes the work of 27 different artists. The Stenberg brothers, among the most prolific of these artists, began their careers as Constructivist sculptors and worked as set designers. Mikhail Dlugach was trained as an architect and Alexander Rodchenko practiced photography, architecture and industrial design as well as graphic design. Many elements were borrowed directly from the films themselves, most importantly the use of montage technique, giving a sense of movement and of vertigo, and the use of repetition. Many depicted frightened female faces as well as often overt sexuality, atypical of advertisements of the period. Very Soviet style in the limited use of one colour range, superb typography, this is poster art at its finest, striking with much use of eye contact, angular shapes, diagonals and almost special effects. Printed on glossy black paper to bring out the very best and with extended captions. From bold figuration to architectural elements, each artist displays a distinct style and aesthetic, as much as they collectively eschew the glamour of Hollywood for more stark, striking, even challenging images, often marked by unusual angles, dynamic compositions, and startling close-ups. 14 x 19.5 cm, 520 pages, text in English, French and German. Bookmarker.
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ISBN 9783836559485
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