VESC/OBJET/GEGENSTAND AVANT-GARDE RUSSIAN ÉMIGRÉ MAGAZINE - 3 Vols in Slipcase
VESC OBJET GEGENSTAND, edited by El Lissitzky and Ilja Ehrenburg. Three volumes in a slipcase, consisting of the double issue 1&2, issue 3, and a companion book that translates the Russian issues and provides critical commentary.
BADEN (Switzerland): Lars Müller Publishers, 1994. ISBN 10: 3906700623 / ISBN 13: 9783906700625,
Baden: Lars Müller, 1994.
Two softcover issues and one accompanying book, 32, 24, 159 pages. The issues have b&w illustrations. All three items are encased in a two part slipcase.
The double issue 1-2 and issue 3 were originally published by the Berlin publishing house Skythen in 1922. They contain text and drawings of the Russian avant-garde, with contributions by Viktor Sklovskij, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Boris Pasternak, Sergej Esenin, Nikolaj Punin, Charles Vildrac, Ivan Goll, Jules Romains, Le Corbusier and others. Typographic design was by El Lisickij. The contributions were mostly in Russian, with a few in French and English.
VERY GOOD condition, the slipcase has some light sunning, still solid and doing its job well; the internal 3 books are in near fine condition, look and feel unused, a very presentable copy.
The publisher, lars-muller-publishers, is selling copies of this item for 850 Swiss Francs - $975 at the current exchange rate. Say what?!
About VESC/OBJET/GEGENSTAND (from the Publisher):
******Although it lasted for only two issues (double issue 1&2 and issue 3) and was written mostly in Russian, the Russian Emigrant magazine "Vesc" exercised an enormous influence on other periodicals of that time. Today, the avant-garde art journal is considered a modernist landmark. Now, for the first time, the extraordinary contents of this short-lived magazine are made accessible in annotated translations and summaries.
This portfolio slipcase includes reprints of the original two issues of "Vesc Objet Gegenstand" from March/April and May 1922, edited by El Lissitzky and Ilja Ehrenburg with contents designed by El Lissitzky. A third volume features commentary and translations in both German and English.******
About ILYA EHRENBURG (from Wikipedia):
******Ilya Ehrenburg, b.1891 d.1967, was a Russian journalist, revolutionary, writer, and historian. With around one hundred published titles, he is one of the most prolific and notable authors of the Soviet Union. In the 1920s, Ehrenburg moved to Paris and later Berlin, where he published the magazine Vesc/Objet/Gegenstand together with El Lissitzky.******
About EL LISSITZKY (from Wikipedia):
El Lissitzky, b.1890 d.1941, was a Russian architect and painter, who from 1919/20 onwards was involved with Suprematism. Between 1919 and 1927 he produced a large body of paintings, prints, and drawings that he referred to by the word Proun, an acronym for "project for the affirmation of the new" in Russian. The term Proun was conceived by Lissitzky in 1919 specifically to signify his turn to non-objective art. Lissitzky's versatile body of work includes poster and theater set design, typography, and architecture.******
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