Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Russian design is quite interesting. Subjects were restricted during the first decades of Communist rule. Constructivism was favored early on, but later replaced by Socialist realism.


Soviet posters were meant a link between the state and its citizens and presented attention-grabbing  slogans ( They were influenced by Russian Avant-Garde, Futurism, and Dada styles. Techniques such as photomontage and symbolic color were employed.


Contemporary Russian posters have a wider variety of intentions:

Foreign-movie posters are often hand-painted, but this art is fading. That’s from Men in Black II, by the way. Capitalistic gains and global concerns are more often the subjects of this “social advertising” ( Other types of media were utilized as well.



Browsing the Internet for other contemporary Russian art, I primarily found paintings (usually landscapes and floral still-lifes)


 and useful items. Forms resembled other objects, especially those related to modern technology. mentions this as well. However, function is not sacrificed for form.

A twist on common objects, still emphasizing the importance of both:


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