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

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Kokorekin, Aleksei Alekseevich
Кокорекин, Алексей Алексеевич
Born 1906, Sarygamysh (Central Asia), Russian Empire; died 1959, Moscow, USSR

Aleksei Alekseevich Kokorekin was born in a part of Imperial Russia that is today Kyrgyzstan. In 1918 Kokorekin attended the Krasnodar School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1929, he graduated from the Kuban' Pedagogical School in Krasnodar. While in Krasnodar, he worked both as a poster designer and a decorator for the Krasnodarskii Theater. Shortly after his graduation, he moved to Moscow and began contributing designs to IZOGIZ State Publishing House.

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Aleksei Alekseevich Kokorekin was born in a part of Imperial Russia that is today Kyrgyzstan. In 1918 Kokorekin attended the Krasnodar School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1929, he graduated from the Kuban' Pedagogical School in Krasnodar. While in Krasnodar, he worked both as a poster designer and a decorator for the Krasnodarskii Theater. Shortly after his graduation, he moved to Moscow and began contributing designs to IZOGIZ State Publishing House. In 1933-'34, he created book and magazine illustrations while at the same time producing easel paintings.

In 1946, Kokorekin was awarded the USSR State Prize for a series of posters dedicated to the heroic deeds of the Soviet people during World War II. A decade later, he was awarded the title "Honored Art Worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic". Kokorekin's posters are held in a number of cultural institutions including the Russian State Library in Moscow.

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Sources & Citations

Konstantin Akinsha, "Painting Went out into the Street: The War of Images Along the Eastern Front," Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at Home and Abroad (1941-1945), ed. by Peter Kort Zegers and Douglas Druick (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 147.
Klaus Vashik and Nina Baburina, Real'nost' utopii: Iskusstvo Russkogo plakat XX veka (Moscow: Progress-Traditsia, 2003),  248, 281, 287, 370.
Victoria E. Bonnell, Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), 221. (Examination of Aleksei Kokorekin's poster Smert' fashiskoi gadine! [Death to the Fascist Reptile!] from 1941)
M. Dmitrieva, "Plakatist Aleksei Kokorekin," Iskusstvo. no. 5 (1970): 21.