Poster Plakat A Collection of Posters from the Soviet Union and its Satellite Nations

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Ivanov, Konstantin Konstantinovich
Иванов, Константин Константинович
Born 1921, Petrograd (St. Petersburg); died 2003 Moscow, Russia

Konstantin Konstantinovich Ivanov initially received art instruction from his father, the noted graphic artist Konstantin L. Ivanov. Formal instruction began for Konstantin Konstantinovich as early as 1933 when he attended an art school in Leningrad. It was from that point that he dedicated his life to graphic design. During World War II, Ivanov worked on the front line while contributing to posters produced by the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studios.

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Konstantin Konstantinovich Ivanov initially received art instruction from his father, the noted graphic artist Konstantin L. Ivanov. Formal instruction began for Konstantin Konstantinovich as early as 1933 when he attended an art school in Leningrad. It was from that point that he dedicated his life to graphic design. During World War II, Ivanov worked on the front line while contributing to posters produced by the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studios.

In 1949, Ivanov began his professional participation in art exhibitions.  In 1956, he was one of the co-founders (along with Veniamin Briskin) of the post-Stalinist poster collective Agit-plakat, an organization rooted in the tradition of ROSTA (Russian Telegraph Agency) and TASS artwork. Agit-plakat posters stood out for their political caricature and satirical texts. He was a part of the younger post-Stalinist generation of artists who promoted formal experiments by adopting more avant-garde elements of Polish poster artists. Ivanov won a myriad of prizes in international poster competitions including a Gold Medal in Bologna, Italy (1968). Having been commissioned by Reklamfilm, Moskontsert and Soyuzgostsirk, respectively, Ivanov is also noted for his film, theater and circus posters.

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Sources & Citations

Groys, B., Hollein, M., & Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. (2003). Dream factory Communism: The visual culture of the Stalin era. Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz.
Konstantin Ivanov, "Pokazyvayut plakatisty Pribaltiki," Tvorchestvo, no. 5 (1979): 4-7.
Konstantin Ivanov, Agitplakat vsegda na peredovoi: K 20-letiyu osnovaniya odnoimennoi organizatsii Moskovskogo otdeleniya Soyuza khudozhnikov," Tvorchestvo, no. 3 (1977): 13-14.
Konstantin Ivanov, Ruben Surianinov, Mikhail Kheifits, Veter s moria: Karel'skii vpechatlenia (Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik 1965).