Aleksandr Rodchenko. Novyi LEF. Zhurnal levogo fronta iskusstv, 6. 1927

Aleksandr Rodchenko Novyi LEF. Zhurnal levogo fronta iskusstv, 6 1927

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Many of the foundations of The New Typography were derived from the social and artistic experimentation of Constructivist designers in the Soviet Union. The Cyrillic alphabet lent itself to simplification and abstraction, and in these designs for LEF—one of the most famous and widely distributed of the Soviet avant-garde magazines—Rodchenko combined elemental typography with strong color and emblematic photographs or photomontage. Tschichold's extensive collection of Soviet Russian materials such as these magazines made him suspect to Nazi authorities in Munich and led to his arrest in 1933.

Gallery label from The New Typography, December 23, 2009–July 26, 2010.
Lithograph and letterpress
9 x 6 1/16" (22.8 x 15.4 cm)
Gosizdat (State Publishing House)
Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
© 2020 Aleksandr Rodchenko/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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