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Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions from the USSR Hardcover – April 1, 2020
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"Visually delightful."―Atlas Obscura
"While the American view of the space race is well documented, this collection of more than 250 illustrations reveals another view. Beyond the search for life out there in the universe, the Soviet artwork often illuminates the equally important journey into our own minds, where anything can be possible."―Los Angeles Times Online
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Alexandra Sankova is the director and founder of the Moscow Design Museum, which was established in 2012 with the mission to record, preserve and promote the design heritage of Russia. She has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions at the museum that have toured internationally, including Soviet Design 1950–1980 (2013), Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design (2016), which received the Utopia Medal at the London Design Biennale in 2016, and History of Russian Design 1917–2017 (2017), among many others. Sankova is the author of 23 (2010), co-author of Designed in the USSR: 1950–1989 (2018) and VNIITE: Discovering Utopia – Lost Archives of Soviet Design (2018), and co-produced the four-part Russian television documentary History of Russian Design (2018).
The Moscow Design Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. Its main objective is to preserve and popularize Russian design heritage at home and abroad. In September 2016 the museum's Russian exhibition at the first London Design Biennale, was awarded the Utopia Medal for its entry, 'Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design'.
- Publisher : Phaidon Press; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 267 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838660534
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838660536
- Item Weight : 2.31 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.45 x 1 x 10.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My main fear had been that it might be an analysis and include too much writing. So when I received the book and opened it I was thrilled to find the opposite - this is a book which celebrates the visual feast which is Soviet design. (The Soviet had massive problems, but much of their design is incredible.)
I was even quite pleased with the paper and printing. The prints I have feel very much like this book. For economic reason, Soviet printing used lesser quality paper, registration is often weak, and their inks have a feel which the US discovers in soy inks.
All in all a tremendous book to I’m proud to own.
It's a typical Phaidon book - beautiful, extremely well documented, great quality book. I love the matte paper that they used as it really emulates the printing processes with saturated 2 and 3-color printing processes that were used at the time.
Someone complained that they didn't use glossy paper, and I really have to say they're WAY off base because the matte paper absolutely makes this book.
The art itself of course wonderful and I wish there was a book to do it justice. This isn't it.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2020