Publisher: Fundación Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa Fundazioa (2003), in Spanish and Russian
Hardcover, 240 pages
This monograph about the work of painter, photographer, graphic designer, and cinematographer Alexander Rodchenko, a major leader of the Russian avant-garde, proposes that Rodchenko created a revolutionary way of seeing and representation in art. He subverted traditional Western linear perspective in his art by orienting his work towards the floor of the space, and thereby created a new, original way of seeing the world. This exhibition, which focused on Rodchenko’s photography, was first shown by the Fundación Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa Fundazioa. It exemplified how Rodchenko helped establish an unprecedented paradigm for photography by extending his photographic experiments to the printed page, the cinema, and a variety of graphic forms of expression. The artist did not adhere only to the fine print tradition and darkroom-oriented craftsmanship exemplified by his modernist peers. As a result, his photographic works do not fall within historically divided art mediums, categories or styles. His photographic experiments took modern photography into another realm. For Rodchenko, photographic innovation was a mediator between art and life, with one illuminating the other.
Contributions by Steve Yates, Varvara Rodchenko, Jaroslav Andel, and Alexander Lavrentiev.