El Lissitzky

  • For the Voice

    For the Voice

    Vladimir Mayakovsky and El Lissitzky

    A facsimile edition of the famous avant-garde Russian book with accompanying translation and critical essays.

    For the Voice, first published in 1923, has long been recognized as one of the finest achievements of Russian avant-garde bookmaking, a tradition in which poets and artists collaborated to create books that attained the status of art objects. By any reckoning, For the Voice is a landmark event in the history of modern graphic design. The book was inspired by the "new optics," where ideas are given form through printed letters, turning them into pictorial signs, and by "words that are seen and not heard," as Lissitzky wrote. This three-volume slipcased set consists of a facsimile volume that is faithful to the original in size, color, weight, and paper quality; a translation by Peter France of the original text; and Voices of Revolution, a collection of critical essays that analyze the character and significance of the original publication and describe the inner workings of the poet's "construction in sound" complemented by the designer's "constructions for the eye."

    • Paperback $49.95
  • About 2 Squares + More About 2 Squares

    About 2 Squares + More About 2 Squares

    El Lissitzky

    El Lissitzky's About 2 [Squares] is a story about how two squares, one red, one black, transform a world. The commentary, More About 2 [Squares], boxed in the same slipcase, provides a detailed analysis of this seminal work.

    El Lissitzky's first suprematist book is a story about how two squares, one red, one black, transform a world. It is Lissitzky's "scientific romance," an allegory of the fourth dimension and its effect on the three-dimensional world. When it was first published in Berlin in 1922, About 2 [Squares] presented a radical rethinking of what a book was, demonstrating a new way of organizing typography on a page and relating it to visual images. It marked the beginning of a new graphic art and is among the most important publications in the history of the avant-garde in typography and graphic design.

    This facsimile limited edition is reproduced in letterpress with the English translation printed on a transparent overlay to register over the original Russian. The commentary, More About 2 [Squares], boxed in the same slipcase, provides a detailed analysis of this seminal work. Railing provides a brief historical survey of avant-garde poetry in Russia and shows how the letter/ sound was applied by Lissitzky in About 2 [Squares] as a corollary to the pictorial images - a relationship that forms the basis of abstract or nonobjective language and painting in Russia, and is the theoretical and creative source and device of Lissitzky's graphic design. Railing's is a study both of the philosophical idea of suprematism and the artistic content of Lissitzky's architectural extension of the suprematist painting of Kazimir Malevich, which he called the Proun, and of its particular role as a sequence of images used to create the story About 2 [Squares].

    • Paperback $40.00
  • Russia

    An Architecture for World Revolution

    El Lissitzky

    Lissitzky's book is a classic in architectural and planning theory, as well as an important document in social and intellectual history. It contains an appendix of excerpted writings by his contemporaries - M. J. Ginzburg, P. Martell, Bruno Taut, Ernst May, M. Ilyin, Wilm Stein, Martin Wagner, Hannes Meyer, Hans Schmidt, and others - all of whom illuminate the architecture and planning of Europe and Russia during the 1920s. There are over 100 plates and drawings.

    • Hardcover $5.95
    • Paperback $9.95