by KOSSAREV, A. (editor-in-chief); RODCHENKO, Alexander and Barbara Stepanova (design)
Moscow: State Publishing House of Graphic Arts, 1937. Well-preserved issue of this landmark Soviet art magazine, issued from 1930 to 1941 to celebrate the achievements of the first two Five Year Plans and (through various foreign-language editions) to propagandize the stark contrast between the vibrant Soviet economy during this period and the stagnation of Western economies under capitalism. "All the visual strategies of the propaganda photobooks, designed by Lissitsky, Rodchenko and others...were developed in USSR in Construction, one of the most beautifully produced magazines of the twentieth century" (Parr-Badger, The Photobook, I:148).The theme of the present issue is dedicated entirely to the production of Gold in the USSR, detailing the rise of production from pre-revolutionary Russia (1910) through 1937, when Russia ranked second in the world due to their industrial machinery, superior engineering, and large working populace. Front wrapper features a metallic cover photo of a large tower of neatly-stacked gold bars. Folio (41.5cm); photo-illustrated card wrappers, stapled; pp; illus; text is in English. Minor wear and a few creases to spine fold and extremities, with dustiness to rear wrapper; occasional thumbing to margins; Very Good+. (Inventory #: 30789)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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