Art of Revolution

Art of Revolution : Illustrated by the Collection of the Marx Memorial Library

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From the factory wall, the corner of the schoolroom, barrack blocks, shop windows and the collective farms, the polical poster was every bit as challenging as the revolutionary projects that inspired it. Amid the foment of social change, art took service with the early Soviet state. Building upon tradiitonal themes from Russian folk culture, the lubki and legend, the Revolutionary poster soon came to mix the new brutal geometry of industrialisation with visions of agrarian utopias, fresh-faced farm girls and a world of plenty. The new art of photomontage met Constructivism head on. In an attempt to fashion the future, only to be eclipsed as the 1930s wore on by Socialist Realism; the celebration and idealisation of all that was best in human labour was as radical as the reality they hoped to shape. These were images created to move and empower, to make or break social systems and to transform the very foundations of our world.
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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 204 x 280 x 16mm | 621.42g
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 90 colour
  • 1901268608
  • 9781901268607

About John Callow

John Callow is Director of archives at the marx Memorial Library, London. He is the author of seven books on history and politics, including Marx in London and Change the World, the official history of Amicus the Union.Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the History & Philosophy of Art Department at the University of Kent. He is the author of several books including Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time and Contemporary British Art: an Introduction.Together with Jane Powell (a researcher specializing in Modernist American Photography at the University of Kent) they were responsible for the Leverhulme funded project, which ran between 2008-10, to catalogue and conserve the unique collection of political posters held at the Marx Memorial Library.John Callow is Director of archives at the marx Memorial Library, London. He is the author of seven books on history and politics, including Marx in London and Change the World, the official history of Amicus the Union.Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the History & Philosophy of Art Department at the University of Kent. He is the author of several books including Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time and Contemporary British Art: an Introduction.Together with Jane Powell (a researcher specializing in Modernist American Photography at the University of Kent) they were responsible for the Leverhulme funded project, which ran between 2008-10, to catalogue and conserve the unique collection of political posters held at the Marx Memorial Library.John Callow is Director of archives at the marx Memorial Library, London. He is the author of seven books on history and politics, including Marx in London and Change the World, the official history of Amicus the Union.Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the History & Philosophy of Art Department at the University of Kent. He is the author of several books including Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time and Contemporary British Art: an Introduction.Together with Jane Powell (a researcher specializing in Modernist American Photography at the University of Kent) they were responsible for the Leverhulme funded project, which ran between 2008-10, to catalogue and conserve the unique collection of political posters held at the Marx Memorial Library.
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