Art and social life: the Russian Revolution and the creative power of idealism 15

Sergei Chekhonin and Piotr Konchalovsky, cover of the journal Russkoye Iskusstvo (Russian Art), 1923, No 1

Sergei Chekhonin and Piotr Konchalovsky, cover of the journal Russkoye Iskusstvo (Russian Art), 1923, No 1

Vladimir Favorsky, cover of the journal Pechat i revolutsiya (The Press and the Revolution), 1923, No. 4

Vladimir Favorsky, cover of the journal Pechat i revolutsiya (The Press and the Revolution), 1923, No. 4

Vladimir Favorsky, cover of the magazine Makovets, 1923, No. 3. Xylograph

Vladimir Favorsky, cover of the magazine Makovets, 1923, No. 3. Xylograph

Vladimir Favorsky, Still Life with Books, 1919, Xylograph

Vladimir Favorsky, Still Life with Books. 1919. Xylograph

Vladimir Favorsky, View of Moscow from the Vorobyov Hills. From the series Views of Moscow. 1918. Xylograph

Vladimir Favorsky, View of Moscow from the Vorobyov Hills. From the series Views of Moscow. 1918. Xylograph

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Images: Art of the October Revolution, Compiler, Mikhail Guerman, Trans., W.Freeman, D.Saunders, C.Binns, Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986

4 thoughts on “Art and social life: the Russian Revolution and the creative power of idealism 15

    • Hi Tach, in posting the image of the cover of ‘The Press and the Revolution’ I compared that with the rabid hypocrisy of the capitalist media with its middle-class penny-a-liner ‘journalists’ towards Islamic people.

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  1. Phil, I like them. It’s as if from their civilised framed calm, our firm and embracing soul wafts out of the study to touch others’ souls. As for the press, media, journalism and the ways in which the state and the system communicates with us, I think they reflect the hc. They are man-made, our reality.
    I think a good analogy for our circumstances is the end of the Roman Empire. Except there are no Barbarians. There are no frontiers for we are global, many times in many ways over. Civilisation developed out of agriculture and diversity. It is global urbanisation and employment now – mobilisation and utilisation, of monoculture, development and massing. Some what lemming like, we’ve thrown our selfs through the exponential curve.
    I think of it as a tsunami wave as it rears up right, shattering throughout and from below like a giant taken down at the knee. Jounalism can only reflect that. Like the bread to the masses at the Colosseum, we are fed multimedia stuff – the content and medium, life-style and purpose, lost in denial just to keep going.
    I place my hope in a relation with my whole while he is alive and Earth exists, for my self but for others also, in their relation with their whole. Our whole’s do not deny our isolation or communion.

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