Item #624 Novyi Lef [The New Left Front of the Arts], no. 4, 1927. Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky.
Novyi Lef [The New Left Front of the Arts], no. 4, 1927
Novyi Lef [The New Left Front of the Arts], no. 4, 1927

Novyi Lef [The New Left Front of the Arts], no. 4, 1927

Moscow: Gosizdat, 1927. Rodchenko, Aleksander Mikhailovich (1891-1956). Publisher's illustrated wrappers. Item #624

21.5 x 15 cm. 48 pages: illustrations. Text in Russian. One of 3000 copies. Judging by the state of the spine, this copy appears to have been bound with other magazines; the rear wrapper is missing.

"The New Left Front of the Arts" (Novyi LEF in Russian) was a significant literary-critical journal published by the State Publishing House “Gosizdat” in Moscow, RFSFR, during 1927-28. The journal, under the editorship of the Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and later Sergei Tretyakov (who took over in August 1928), offered a comprehensive look at the revolutionary transformation of Soviet culture. Each issue, ranging between 40-50 pages, represented a blend of artistic and literary excellence.

This publication was a 22-issue continuation of the original LEF journal (The Left Front of the Arts), which saw seven issues from 1923-25. Both LEF and Novyi LEF were offshoots of the LEF literary group, comprising Futurist and Formalist writers, theorists, and artists dedicated to radically reshaping Soviet cultural landscapes.

Novyi LEF was renowned for its consistent showcase of photography, often contributed by the constructivist Alexander Rodchenko, who also designed many of the journal's covers. The journal's content was diverse, featuring literary theory and criticism, poetry, editorials, and occasionally creative prose. This mix of content and its avant-garde approach made Novyi LEF a pivotal platform for cultural discourse in the Soviet Union during its brief existence.

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