Art of the
Nikolai Punin launched a new weekly newspaper, which mainly expressed the
views of left-wing artists, Iskusstvo kommuny (Art of the Commune,
1918-19). Financed by the Visual Arts Section of Narkompros, this journal
aimed at reducing the gap between the Futurists and the average Soviet
citizen, but soon, it functioned more as a haven for the avant-garde rather
than as a service to the revolution.
newspaper published nineteen issues during the short period of 7 December
1918 to 13 April 1919. Despite its short life, Art of the Commune
became a valuable document in the history of Russian Futurism. In the LS
Collection only issue no. 4, 1918.
Art of the Commune.
paper presented at the conference Avant-Garde
of the Life-Building,
Moscow, 28-30 October 2019