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Soviet Textile Design of the Revolutionary Period.

SOVIET TEXTILE DESIGN OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD. I. Yasinskaya. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1990. Illustrated, 106 pp., softbound, $22.50.

This book is a unique blend of history, ideology and art. Using textile design as a practical application of the Constructivist style, Russian designers of the early 1920's produced designs that are unrepeatable from a historic perspective. Almost one hundred color illustrations by both unknown and known designers (Rodchenko, Stepanova, Burylin) testify to a dynamic period of creative design in the history of the applied arts. Using such seemingly mundane motifs as tractors, bridges, airplanes and other industrial forms, these Russian artists introduce us to complex, contradictory, yet visually compelling designs and decorations. Highly recommended for those who would like to refer students to fabric designs representing a unique aesthetic and point of view.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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