Monday, March 2, 2009

Rodchenko and Popova: Constructivisim at The Tate Modern

The art of the Russian revolution is on display at the Tate Modern, featuring advertising, painting, textiles, and graphic design of Lyubov Popova and Alexander Rodchenko among others. I love the minimal use of color, the presence of black, and the graphic nature of the written Russian language in concert with the imagery.

From the Tate: The Russian Revolution was accompanied by a remarkable period of artistic experiment known as Constructivism, which questioned the fundamental properties of art and asked what its place should be in a new society. The Constructivists challenged the idea of the work of art as a unique commodity, explored more collective ways of working, and looked at how they could contribute to everyday life through design, architecture, industrial production, theatre and film.