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! is offering an amazing collection of historic work.
Stalin and Putin have a lot in common. But the revolution did produce strong propaganda. Those posters are little comfort to Americans concerned with a free electoral process, but they are fascinating to the history of graphic design. Nyet?