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Russian Arc

The recent Tate Modern exhibition of Alexandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova got me thinking about drawing as a tool of avant garde design. These two Russian artists made the leap from painting to "productivism"in the wake of the Revolution. Autonomous works of art – paintings to hang on the wall – just didn't cut it as instruments of political radicalism. What they were after was a penetration of their ideals into everyday life, and they hoped to do this through design:clothing, ceramics, architecture. As Christina Kaier notes in her wonderful book on the subject, Imagine No Possessions, objects were now …

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