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Art display by leading Russian Poster Artists

"The Illiterate Person is Like a Blind Man, on All Sides Failure and Misfortune Lie in Wait for Him". 1920. Colour lithograph.

UTS Library has curated and displayed a collection of posters from the former Soviet Union. The Library's special collection contains a portfolio of twenty four posters and twelve of these are displayed on Levels 4 and 5.

Designed by leading Russian artists such as Alexey Radakov, the posters use imagery from Russian folk art and Russian history to promote literacy, reading, and the ideals of the Soviet state.

The attached image is from a well-known Russian poster which is included in the display:

Artist: Radakov, Alexey. 1877 – 1942.

Title: "The Illiterate Person is Like a Blind Man, on All Sides Failure and Misfortune Lie in Wait for Him". 1920. Colour lithograph.

Alexey Radakov – cartoonist and graphic artist. Before the October Revolution gained fame working for popular Russian comic magazines "Satyricon" (1908-1914) and "New Satyricon" (1913-1918). During the 1920's he created many propaganda posters, of which the most famous is this one promoting literacy. Here Radakov uses the artistic imagery of the Russian folk print ('lubok'). 

 

The Library acknowledges the assistance of former UTS Library staff Dr Tatiana Dimitrova in researching and translating material for this collection.