Gordon, Mikhail Abramovich
Гордон, Михайл Абрамович
Born Petrograd (St. Petersburg), September 29, 1918; Died St. Petersburg, January 3, 2003
Mikhail Abramovich Gordon was born in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and completed his training as an artist at the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1936. While in Moscow, he worked on exhibits at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV), a forerunner to the All-Union Exhibition of National Economy (VDNKh). In addition, his work appeared as part of the Soviet exhibit at the 1937 Paris International Exposition. Returning to the Soviet Union at the end of the 1930s, Gordon prepared the Leningrad streets for the celebrations honoring the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution. After World War II broke out in 1941, he published his first posters with political themes and after the war, he continued to work as a graphic artist. In 1958, he joined the artistic group Boevoi karandash [Fighting Pencil] and created images and covers for well-known periodicals including Zvezda [The Star] and Koster [The Campfire], a monthly magazine for children. His drawings appeared in Leningrad's daily newspaper Leningradskaia Pravda. He designed books for the Leningrad publishing houses of Sovetskii pisatel' [Soviet Writer] and Isskustvo [Art]. His poster commissions included circus performances, theater productions, and films. He also devised sets for productions at several Leningrad theaters. Gordon became a member of the Union of Artists and of the Union of Journalists. In 1980, he received the title Distinguished Artist of the Russian Republic.
Sources & Citations
"Obituary, Gordon, Mikhail Abramovich," Sankt-Peterburgskie vedomosti (January 11, 2003), 18.
T. G. Koloskova, et al., eds, Simvoly epokhi v sovetskom plakate (Moscow: State Historical Museum, 2001), 206.