Well, the previous book, Soviet Posters: The Sergo Grigorian Collection, was such a success that the Publishing House Prestel suggested that Sergo Grigorian, the owner of one of the largest Soviet Poster Collection’s in the world, and I do another book.
So here we are. The book is totally different from the fist one. It has only 23 posters (compared to 250 in the previous one). But it is a Pull-Out Edition and the posters are presented in full color, printed on heavy paper, and in a large-format.
The posters gathered in this book represent the pinnacle of Russian avant-garde design from the 20th century. They range in theme from the dangers of alcohol abuse and the creeping Nazi menace, to illustrations of utopian harmony and the Soviet industrial machine. A special feature of this book allows for the removal of the posters, which have been designed to fit standard frame sizes. A brief introduction offers a chronological overview of the period that produced such eloquent art, which has long been a major source of inspiration to artists and designers.
The first Soviet propaganda poster appeared shortly after the revolution and they continued to be produced until 1985 when perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of opening up the Soviet Union,rendered the old-school political propaganda obsolete. Posters reflected all stages of Soviet history.
Produced in varying quantities, ranging from a few hundred to thousands, the total yearly production of posters could be more than a million. However, over time, many became rare. Today, these beautiful artworks have become collectibles.
(Text from the book Soviet Posters:Pull-Out Edition)
(Textfrom the book Soviet Posters)