Rag's to riches - part one

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Rag's to Riches - Part One

introduction by Denis Taylor, artist and editor

" What happened to the art of the Russian Avant Garde (the RAGs) when their usefulness to the USSR was superseded by Social Realism? The art movements of the RAG's had profound effect on Art both in Europe and in the USA as far as abstract painting is concerned. It is worth reconsidering this Art in the light of our own century. And in particular how the photo-montage work of Alexander Rodchenko had a dramatic influence on advertising and design within the modern western advertising creatives. Rag's to Riches is an apt title for this issue of TUBES. The artists involved in the important development in Visual Art were either castigated by the Soviets when they ceased to be practical use to the regime and the major RAG (artists such as Kasimir Malevich were a hair breath away from spending the rest of their lives in a Gulag), The second part of this special edition talks about abstraction that came about by the direct result of the Russian Avant Garde and the World War ll and the immigration of European abstract painters to the USA which after 1944 centred the art-world firmly in New York City (USA).

Today the Rag's to Riches headline has a two fold implied viewpoint. One is the actual value of the abstract works of the Russian, European and American artists that is sold in Auction houses which now reaches millions upon millions of dollars. And the other value, and perhaps the real value to modern day painters, is for the artists who continue to develop and benefit from abstract free thinking (that is up to recently, when our twenty first century cancel culture dogma has taken a firm foothold). For a short time the RAG's were allowed freedom of expression that was demonstrated by the RAG painters and that still holds value by dedicated artists today.

the RAG'sRussian Avant Garde Exhibition Catalogue Stockholm 1983.

This was the first exhaustive exhibition of the unique art created by the RAG's that was held outside of Russia. The major artists were all exhibited in the Stockholm Modern Museum of this extraordinary abstract art movement in the twentieth century. This issue of painters TUBES magazine is privileged to publish the introduction to the show written by Angelica Zander Rudenstine, a highly accomplished critic and writer. The edited introduction (extracted) article is reproduced over the next pages with actual visuals of the original publication and was translated from Swedish to English by Marianne Arnberg of Studio 5 Sweden. It was then re-edited by painters TUBES magazine

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