Process and Artistry in the Soviet Vanguard

August 30, 2011 – January 22, 2012

Klutsis_Glory.jpgThis intimate exhibition offers a rare glimpse at the experimental creative processes that generated iconic Soviet propaganda in the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring works by Gustav Klucis and Valentina Kulagina, it traces classic compositions from preparatory drawings and collage studies to approved designs to posters and other mass-produced print material.

Curator: Kimberly Mims, Smart Museum curatorial intern and PhD student at the University of Chicago, in consultation with Richard A. Born, Smart Museum Senior Curator.

The exhibition is part of The Soviet Arts Experience, a Chicago-wide showcase exploring the arts of the Soviet Union.

Presented in two parts in the Joel and Carole Bernstein Gallery and the Elisabeth and William Landes Gallery.

Above: Gustav Klucis, Long Live Red Army of Workers and Peasants – Faithful Guard of Soviet Borders!, 1935. Poster. Ne boltai! Collection. © 2011 Estate of Gustav Klutsis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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