Productive Arts

Weekend Heller: Those Posters!

These days when we think Russia, we think election tampering, Putin authoritarianism and the future of peace and well-being. As a respite from the tension, there is a certain irony in the admiration for Russian post-revolutionary posters, especially those representing the triumph of the working class designed by Gustav Klutsis. This month !Productive Arts!...

Seeing Red with Krasnaia Niva

The lads at Productive Arts have a incredible run of Krasnaia Niva (Red Field), an illustrated newsprint journal published weekly by Izvestiia from its beginning in 1923 through 1929 and in 36 issues from 1930 through its end in 1931. In these years the color covers were mostly designed for the magazine by the...

Soviets Covering Soviets

Soviet Union magazine is “the last of the extravagant photo journals of the Soviet era,”  write Howard Garfinkel and Larry Zeman at Productive Arts, the antiquarian resource for Soviet avant-garde design. Soviet Union, which began in March 1950, was the successor to the impressive, five-language USSR in Construction, which ceased publication in December 1949,...